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Project by Billy Bauer posted 507 days ago 713 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of my pens that I have finished with the CA finish. The first pen is Alder with spalting and has a satin chrome tip and clip. The grip and bottom part is chrome. I sanded this pen to 320 grit before adding the first coat of the CA finish. The second pen Is bloodwood, the pen kit is a standard chrome and black kit. I researched how to use the CA finish online and watched a lot of YouTube videos. I talked with some of the workers at my local wood craft store and asked how to use CA finish. I didn’t realize that you need an activator between each coats. Then you wet sand after as many coats that you put on. I added 10 coats of the finish on the pen. When I added each coat I made sure to have my lathe set on the lowest speed and a fan on. I wet sanded with the highest speed possible on my lathe and made sure to keep the micro mesh sand paper moving. I started off with 1500 grit and worked my way up to 12000 grit sand paper. CA finish is the way to go and gives a perfect shine.





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jeff

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#1 posted 507 days ago

Nice pens…I only have used Hut finishing bars for a final finish on my pens-Im new to turning-,but want to try a CA finish…Thx for posting…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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grub32

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#2 posted 507 days ago

I only use ca finishes on my wood pens. I have even used ca finish over some acrylics that were impregnated with other things.

Looks good,

Grub

-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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JJones98042

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#3 posted 506 days ago

Really nice pens! I agree, CA is the way to go… Its quick, durable, and the shine is nothing short of spectacular.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 506 days ago

Be warned to follow the directions about how it dries. A friend failed to follow instructions and GLUED the nice pens to his mandrel. OOPS. (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 504 days ago

Both pens look great. Like the spalted Adler more. Great fit, kits and amazing finish.

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FloridaArt

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#6 posted 409 days ago

These are wonderful. I’m new to pen turning. Have tried the CA finish, and agree it is nice. I’m also experimenting with Briwax and also spray gloss lacquer.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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