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    Pens 6-11

    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, Im 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.
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    Don't know why the picture is so small once you click on the thumbnail. Guess I have to do some reading.

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    This picture size if much better.
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    Chuck, those are some good looking pens. I've not tried the "Wallstreet" pen myself but after looking at these I may have to just try them. You said "on Sale". Where are they on sale? who has them?

    Good Job!

    Tom

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    Tom,

    I got the Wall Street II kits at Woodcraft, sale price is $5.59, normally $6.99. Unfortunately, the local Woodcraft is about 5 miles down the road and I find myself in there four or five time a week, and usually purchase something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Rodekohr View Post
    This picture size if much better.
    Bigger pics more better.
    Pens lookin' fine.
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    Nice ones there Chuck. Why not shoot them individually so we can see more.
    cheers

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    Great looking pens Chuck. CA stands up pretty well. Been carrying a pen now for almost 2 years finished with CA and still looks good.
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    Not a bad-looking one in the bunch, Chuck. I'd say you're getting the hang of this pen stuff very nicely.
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    Rob,

    Here are the close ups you requested.

    Left to right:

    Pen 6 – Lacewood
    Pen 7 – Tulip Wood
    Pen 8 – Bocote
    Pen 9 – Purpleheart
    Pen 10 – Quilted Maple
    Pen 11 – Maple Burl

    And, again, thank you all for your comments.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Pen 6 Lace Wood.JPG   Pen 7 Tulip.JPG   Pen 8 Bocote.JPG   Pen 9 Purpleheart.JPG   Pen 10 Quilted Maple.JPG  

    Pen 11 Maple Burl.JPG  

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