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Richy2

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PostSubject: Pens   Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:02 pm

Now my next question, what is the best finish to put on plastic pens, or maybe stabilized pens?
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PostSubject: Re: Pens   Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:37 am

I've never made one, but I believe the acrylic pens are usually sanded to a high grit and then polished. No finish is really needed.
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PostSubject: Re: Pens   Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:51 pm

On the acrylics I sand to 400 grit, then I get out my micro mesh pads and wet sand up to 12,000 grit. No polish needed. Another option is to sand to say 600 - 800 grit then hit the blank with white diamond polish and buff it off with a rag.

As far as any type of wood, I dry sand to 1200 and use a CA/oil finish. One of these days I'll order up some micro mesh sandpaper.

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PostSubject: Re: Pens   Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:18 am

Ok, might have jumped the gun on the CA/oil finish. It seems that I have found a couple woods that this finish just doesn't work well with. One of them being cherry, another is plywood. Yep I said plywood, well what other wood is more appropriate for the shop frog

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PostSubject: Re: Pens   Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:57 am

So are those plywood pens made from CDX? I'm thinking about OSB myself.
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PostSubject: CDX?   Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:02 pm

I was thinking about the plywood pens. Why not flood the CA on it to get rid of the irregularities in the pen?
In other words use a bit more ca then you usually use. lol! lol!






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PostSubject: Re: Pens   Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:30 pm

Hmmmm let me grab a pic, brb

here we go


As you can see there is really no finish to speak of. This is after having put on 4 coats of CA. Cherry kind of does the same thing usually. Perhaps if one was to apply a coat of sanding sealer to start with.

Word of warning to any wanting to try a plywood, or for that matter, a lace wood pen. Before you use the barrel trimmer be sure to get a wood clamp around the end that you are trimming. You want the clamp on the face grain sides. You can't see it in this pic, but I had no clamp when I started trimming, and I almost split the blank in halves.

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