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    Helix Rollerball Pen

    This is a Helix Rollerball pen plated in Rhod./22k Gold and turned from a Bolivian Rosewood burl by yours truly.


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    The hardware for this pen was very generously donated to our woodworking club by Canada's premier one-stop shop for penturning supplies. <www.penblanks.ca>
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    thats one sharp pen Mack,, i cant imagine carrying it in the holster though.. so who gets this one? the governor
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    can I ask what was your finishing process?

    that is one beauty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    can I ask what was your finishing process?

    that is one beauty.
    Hi Allen; I use this finish pretty much on all my wooden pens.

    1. Sand parallel to the ways with 600 grit AO paper.
    2. Depending on the hardness of the wood, I may buff parallel to the ways with 0000 unoiled steel wool.
    3. Then a good spritz with CA accelerant to clean the burl/wood. Let that sit & dry for 10 - 15 mins. I have a fan blowing on the blank.
    4. About 6 - 8 coats thin CA (no accelarator) using a blue shop towel. Takes less than 10 mins. Let sit overnight to cure and off gas.
    5. Next day, I sand very lightly with used 600 grit AO sandpaper to remove any CA ridges which might have occured.
    6. Then on to the buffer using Formax 515-6163 P22 Plastic Glo (Ultra-fine, Dry) buffing compound, followed by Formax 515-6165 P112 Plasic Compound (Extra-fine). Strangely the Ultra-fine is more coarse than the Extra-fine.

    That's it in a nutshell. I may apply wax on my buffer

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    and use that last, depending on how I feel and how good the pen looks. This one didn't require any wax.
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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    [QUOTE=larry merlau;368171]thats one sharp pen Mack,, i cant imagine
    carrying it in the holster though
    .. Simply a photographic prop!
    so who gets this one? the governor
    It will be raffled off at our last wood club meeting for the summer. Tickets to be sold to procure more funds for the club to allow us to do more community projects next year!

    Here's a link to our last project!
    http://www.durhamwoodworkingclub.com...wigstands.html
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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    That's one purty pen Mack

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    Amazing blank Mack!! Great match with the kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Burr View Post
    Amazing blank Mack!! Great match with the kit.
    Seconded.
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    thanx mack.
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