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Doing this pen made me realize my mandrel is bent! The tubes do not line up with the center band, and wenge is a goofy wood to turn. A lot of grain that needs to be filled in. This was originally for a customer but I can’t sell him this pen…too many defects. I will show it to him and make another. I don’t like to use CA as a finish but I may have to in order to get the grain to be filled in.





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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 521 days ago

How did you finish it, that is did you use sandpaper? If so what grit did you go up to? As for the mandrel it happens but still sucks having to get another one.

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

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DigBaddy

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#2 posted 521 days ago

I used the standard 150, 240, 320, 400, 600 grit sanding process. Then finished with Hut friction polish.

In order to get this wood smoother, should I start at a lower grit? (80 or 100) or work up to a finer grit?

Will CA even help?

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Ozworkshop

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#3 posted 521 days ago

I use a carbide tool which gives me a great tool finish and start sanding at 360, 400 and 600 grit, then apply 10 coats of ca, one after the other then sand at 600 grit, finally taking to micro mesh up to 12000 grit and a final plastic polish makes it gleam like a mirror. The reason I like the ca finish is that it does not dull over time …

-- Rob, Victoria, Australia, http://www.youtube.com/ozworkshop , http://www.facebook.com/ozworkshop

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 520 days ago

+1 Ozworkshop on the higher grit with micro mesh. I use paper to 2000 grit then a suspended grit paste that takes it to about 4000. The idea is the finer the sanding process the better results. Learned this through trial and error. (laughing) Hope this helps.

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

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