Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Whittier, CA. USA
ok i have been turning and been messing wit hthis stuff a bit. i havent nailed it down so i have a question. when you apply the ca do you put it on the wood then spin it or do you put it on the rag and apply while spinning. also how long do you use the rag. is it just a quick swipe or do you buff it out until it is dry. please any input on this would be great.
I do a ca finish on pens. First I seal the ends of the blank with thin ca dripped onto a paper towel. Twist each end into ca soaked paper towel flat on table. Then mount blank back on lathe. I fold up a paper towel in half lengthwise 3 times. Lathe is spinning on slower speed (1240rpm on my jet 1220). I seal the ends of the blank with thin ca dripped onto a paper towel. Squeeze a small puddle of medium ca on paper towel & swipe blank going back & forth a couple of times only. Cut off end of towel with ca on it & use same procedure for about 6 coats. Use scissors to cut off each piece & you can get all coats from one length of paper towel.
Then start wet sanding with 600grit. Then the micro mesh to 12000 grit stopping lathe to sand lengthwise with grain on each grit. I use a spray bottle to wet sandpaper. I use a little plastic polish at a higher speed when sanding is done. When applying CA do not wipe till dry. Just a couple of quik swipes back & forth is all you need per coat. I do not use the BLO/CA method, just medium CA glue. My pens have a high gloss shine when finished with no sanding scratches. Remember to use safety glasses & keep some acetone handy in case you glue yourself together.
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Last edited by jlord; 02-01-2010 at 04:02 PM.