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Forum topic by metalmelter posted 07-23-2010 03:32 AM 993 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2010 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pen making pen finishing rookie woodworker question

Hello all, i am new to woodworking all around and i am sure this is a simple mistake i am making but for the life of me i can not figure it out. I recently became addicted to pen making. i got a all the tools required to make pens and have made some pretty nice pens for a rookie. my problem is when i am finishing the pens. i have researched and talked to a few very helpful people on here and i am currently using the BLO / CA finish and i am achieving the shine that i want now, BUT…..i seem to get some tarnish from the brass bushings to transfer over to the ends of the pen. The first few i made were dark woods and i never noticed but when i made a pen from light colored stock it looks terrible on the ends. it seems like the pen has been used for years when it comes off the mandrel. Is there something i am doing wrong? I tried to be very careful on my latest pen and it was better, but i still have a dirty spot. is there something i can put on the bushings or is it time to replace them or what? thank you in advance for any help.

Chris (metalmelter)

-- Opps....oh well, paint will cover that.

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 05:49 AM

Chris I don’t know how you are applying your CA/BLO but you may want to try this. It was made by William Young. I think there nearly as many ways to apply CA finishes as there are people trying to apply it. I know after you get it you will think why didn’t I do that the first time. The most important thing is practice.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 12:52 PM

Thanks for the link..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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