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Brian Havens

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 07:49 PM

If you can spare about $200, you can setup a low speed (1700 to 1800 rpm) grinder with a dedicated Beall Buffer.

http://www.amazon.com/Beall-Tools-Wood-Buff-System/dp/B0037MDCPI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321118732&sr=8-1

I find that I use the Beal Buffer so frequently that it is worth having a dedicated setup. I use it for everything from pens to large bowls, so the setup will not be limited in use to only your pen making operation.

You can also add a coat of Boiled Linseed Oil, letting it dry about 24 hours before buffing. That is, if you can afford the dry time. Otherwise skip the oil and go right to buffing.

Are you also sanding the pens off lathe? If so, and if you decide to use the Boiled Linseed Oil, try wet sanding with the Boiled Linseed Oil. Kill two birds with one stone!

I prefer uncomplicated, simple, quick finishing regiments for turning, as a big part of the fun of turning, I find, is the instant gratification. So, now you have one of my favorite such regiments (and the one I use most often for pens): wet sand with BLO, and buff

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com


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