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Forum topic by CharlesNeil posted 11-17-2012 05:11 PM 1208 views 1 time favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2012 05:11 PM

What do you pen turners use, prefer for pens,

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 05:26 PM

I prefer a CA finish, about 20 coats. Although more labor intensive, it gives a great finish.

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 06:13 PM

I used the Milands which is ok for a quick shine but will not last. I did 10 or so with the General Finishes (GF) wood turners finish and love it. It gave a nice gloss finish and hard as a rock…. Same finish pretty much they put on b-ball courts…... I have put this over danish oil,tung ect…. Those Micro sanding sheets have been a great help as well…...

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 06:24 PM

Charles: I hope this means that you are going to come up with an easy to apply, Hard as a rock, always keep it’s shine, renewable if necessary finish.

Great question.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 11-17-2012 10:19 PM

Hey Charlie!

You going to start turning Pens now?
... for that “Change in pace”...

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#5 posted 11-17-2012 10:52 PM

Be sure to get you a festool lathe or some other large cumbersome tool to turn them on. 12” diameter pen. Now that’s what I need in my shop so i can find it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 11-17-2012 11:35 PM

Lot depends upon wood as to what finish I use. Prefer lacquer, poly, or shellac for pens over CA finish these days. I am sensitive to CA fumes. CA is a real simple finish to use on pens but like anything in woodworking and finishing never know when Murphy’s Law will prevail.

Personally do not want to redo a finish once pen is assembled and used for awhile. Have a pen finished with Hut Crystal Coat use daily for past eight years, looks same as day made it.

-- Bill

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 01:53 AM

I have a ca finish technique that is terrific and like you, I have a YouTube video to highlight it.

Ca finish-

I am a little shy on tape but I think the proof is in the pudding.


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#8 posted 11-19-2012 12:19 AM

Thanks all, Helped alot, excellent info here,

Grub You did excellent, nice work

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#9 posted 11-19-2012 12:35 AM

Hi Charlie

CA glue, however, I do like trying new things and see how they wear before I sell them.


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#10 posted 11-19-2012 12:41 AM

Arlin , I love experimenting with finishes as well, got a bunch of oil products drying on glass now, doing some test and been playing with “aging wood”, fun stuff

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#11 posted 11-20-2012 07:14 PM

The video by grub32 is very good. I just witnessed an expert demonstrating this same process live at a recent Raleigh meeting of IAP, and it was very fast and great-looking. I’m continuing my experimentation/practice with this finishing method.

-- Pete, Raleigh,

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