Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: central illinois
3 New Pens
Haven't really shown any new work lately so here are three pens I turned recently. I finally feel like I have taken 2 major steps forward in my pen turning. First I attribute to better sanding. I started sanding with the lathe much much slower. Around 200-250 rpm. I sand forward, then reverse, then stop the lathe and sand with the grain. Move through all the grits through 600 with this method. Then micro mesh.
Second I have gotten to where I feel comfortable with the ca and blo finish method. I am getting pretty repeatable finishes. I think one of my major faults was using way to much of the blo. I backed way off with it and also moved to medium ca glue rather than thick.
These 3 are all Rockler cigar pen kits. First one is Maple burl, second is Purpleheart and third is Bocote. As always comments and critiques welcome.
Last edited by jdixon; 08-25-2009 at 11:03 PM.