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    Gluing pen tubes in.

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    I have read several different ways of keeping glue out of the inside of the tubes...

    Of what I have tried I have had very limited success. I know there are several here that do really good work and wondering if you woulld share what works for you as to glue, and keeping the keeping the tubes clean. Or cleaning the glue up if that's the way you go.


    Thanks for any and all tips..
    Garry

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    Garry, I use plumbers putty, put a slug of it in each end (a 1/2" or so) and when the glue is dry take a piece of dowel rod and push it out. The putty can be used over or just toss it, it's cheap and disposable.
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    Are you using a pen mill to ream out the tubes and square the ends??
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    Garry, I don't worry about it. First of all, I sand my tubes on a mandrel so my sanding lines are good and are at a 90 degree angle to hold better. For my students, I just cut pieces of wood on the bandsaw that fit in the tubes about a 1/4 of an inch and I show them to put a ring of glue around the end that will go in first and then three stripes from the front to the middle on each tube. Then when inserted into the blank, twist the tube to smear the glue around the tube completely. A little glue should come out the end (that way you know you have 100 per cent coverage inside) and I just swipe the end on an old paper towel. When you barrel trim with the correct barrel trimmer, the guide will help you clean out any glue. That is also why I have students glue one day and barrel trim the next, I know their glue is hard and will trim out of the inside if it is there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garry Foster View Post
    Pen turning

    I have read several different ways of keeping glue out of the inside of the tubes...

    Of what I have tried I have had very limited success. I know there are several here that do really good work and wondering if you woulld share what works for you as to glue, and keeping the keeping the tubes clean. Or cleaning the glue up if that's the way you go.


    Thanks for any and all tips..
    Garry
    Hello Garry; I use a substance called baseplate wax.
    http://www.penblanks.ca/Baseplate-wax/

    It's used in the dental industry. At a $1.00/sheet it's a little expensive, but..............
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    I use five minute epoxy and apply to the roughed up tube with a toothpick. I clean out the end of the tube with the same toothpick. If any gets inside it is reamed out when I square up the blank.
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    I use epoxy on the roughed-up tubes, and any that gets into the inside of the tube gets cleaned out while fresh with a Q-tip and acetone. My pen mill doesn't get all the dried glue out of the inside of the tube, so I make it a point to remove it all while it's still wet.
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    I slice a potato into ” slices.
    Just push the tube into the potato slice and ‘cookie-cutter’ a plug out and leave it in the tube.
    Stops any glue from entering the tube while you insert it.
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    I get and use baseplate wax that comes in sheets from Arizona Silhouette. No glue inside. Cost .35 for a 2 7/8" X 6" sheet. I usually order 4 at a time as each sheet will do many pens.

    http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/Base_PLate_Wax.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    I get and use baseplate wax that comes in sheets from Arizona Silhouette. No glue inside. Cost .35 for a 2 7/8" X 6" sheet. I usually order 4 at a time as each sheet will do many pens.

    http://www.arizonasilhouette.com/Base_PLate_Wax.htm
    Wow, I pay $2.95 + 13% tax/3 sheets. AS won't ship to Canada! I'll have it shipped to my daughter in MI.
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