First pens!

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Project by RogerC posted 01-16-2012 05:10 AM 870 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First pens I’ve ever made. As well as the first use for my new general maxi vs+ lathe! First is just a regular slimline done in maple, the second is a greek point slimline done in zebra wood. sanded to 12000 grit using the micro mesh pads I got and finished them in polyurethane then waxed. Will this prove to be a durable finish?

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 05:29 AM

They both look great,very well done.

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 05:44 AM

Look nice!! Thanks for sharing…

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 01:12 AM

Nice pens Roger. I especially like the added touch of the rings in the wood. I may have to try that.
I’d also be interested in how well the poly finish hold up. I know the 3 coats I put on my kitchen cabinets holds up well so I was thinking of trying the same on some pens.

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 04:21 AM

Very Nice Roger, Stop by and have a look at my son’s 1st pen. I am still working on getting a CA finish I like. I think I will have to bumb up from 600 to the micro mesh sanding to see the difference. Keep going your on the path now.

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 07:19 AM

Nice pens. I’ve tried poly finishes of different types (multiple coats of Wipe-on, dipping in straight poly, spray on poly) . Although I’m guessing that a poly finish is going to be relatively durable, I find it’s much more work, and takes longer, than using a CA/BLO finish (5min). The CA/BLO finish seems to be fairly durable. However, watch that CA does not build up on your fingers as CA can get very hot when it cures. I like to keep a fan blowing dust and CA fumes away from me, as the CA fumes sting my eyes (despite goggles). And don’t try to pre-mix the CA and BLO in a container – you’ll end up with crystalized CA in a very hot container!

Here’s one of many vids that you can find on the web:
You might want to view a couple, experiment, and decide which one is best for you.

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