|Project by lumberjoe||posted 08-31-2012 02:01 AM||917 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My mom and sister are both teachers, and my son and step daughter start Kindergarten this year. I saw this kit at woodcraft and I picked up a few. These are a lot more fun to turn than the slimline pens. This is purpleheart and zebrawood.
I am really proud of this one. I am getting A LOT better on the lathe. This pen came out ALMOST exactly as I wanted it to. I still want a better finish. I need to get better with sanding and experiment with different finishes. I sand with fabric backed paper from 220 to 600, then switch to micromesh from 800 to 12,000. I think I need to be more diligent with the heavier grits – or actually learn how to use a skew :)
This one is a few coats of HUT and a coat of Renaissance wax. It looks ok, but doesn’t quite “pop” the way I hoped it would. I think it’s time to try CA glue. I am also open to other suggestions