These are the pens I turned yesterday and today, trying to perfect my technique. They are all Wall Street II kits (on sale). From left to right are Quilted Mable, Tulip, Bocote, Purpleheart, Lacewood and Mable Burl.
They are all sanded to 600 grit, then wet sanded with 600 and BLO. They were all finished with CA then Micro-Meshed to 12,000. I tried various ways to apply the CA (medium thickness), from three to six coats applied with BLO with the lathe running; then, between three and six coats with the late stopped, letting it dry and Micro-Meshing to 12,000 between coats. I think they all came out looking about the same, I guess the deciding factor is how they hold up. Right now, I’m leaning towards sanding to 600, wet sanding, three coats of CA spinning with BLO and then Micro-Mesh. My next experiments will be with sanding with lower grits since several of you seqsoned turners said you stopped at 240-320.
Critique and comments welcomed.