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post #1 of 6 Old 03-05-2016, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Well our very own @epicfail48 stopped by my shop today to relieve me of some live edge Black Walnut. It was a wonderful visit as I always enjoy talking with this talented your man.

Out of his generosity, he brought me a couple of gifts: a small chunk of gorgeous desert ironwood and a piece of his denim micarta. We were both curious to see how the micarta would turn so I decided to play with it this evening after dinner. It didn't turn like the acrylics that I'm used to in my limited experience. It seemed more brittle in some ways as it easily (I think anyways) broke apart piece while using my skew. However, keep in mind my skew abilities are "in training"...LOL. After getting it turned, I really was unsure how to finish it. After all, its not acrylic, and it's not wood. Besides, my CA skills suck worse than my skew skills...

I decided to sand with Abranet thru 400, them MM through 12000. I then applied some Renaissance Wax (I'm loving this stuff) and buffed it out with a cotton rag. I was very happy with the result and after holding it against my myriad of available slimline kits, decided to go with the gun metal kit. Now that its assembled, this is one of my favorite pens I've put together. The grain of the denim is really cool. I think I just found my new carry pen...
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I like the looks of it a lot. I've never heard of that material.

wish I had a cool line like everyone else...
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Holy crap youre fast! Also, holy crap that turned out awesome! That looks absolutely fantastic, I figured the mycarta would look pretty interesting but that blows my expectations out of the water by a pretty good margin. Im surprised you managed to get it that smooth without any film finish, usually i have to go with a coat of CA glue as a finish, although you took it way higher up the grits than i usually do. At any rate though, ill have to bring over some more of that at some point, just to see what you can do with the different color combinations. Now i kinda regret not saving some of the rainbow mycarta i made recently...

For anybody curious on the material, i did a write-up on how to make it not too long ago:
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/m...icarta-125826/

And if anybodys interested in making some from said material but isnt interested in actually making it, feel free to drop me a line, im more than happy to make up a batch. Its fun stuff to make!

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Chris, I'm glad you like it. I was very happy myself. I will try a CA finish on my next one.

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Round 2

I tried another one today. This time I sanded with Abranet to 400, then went to thin CA. I only did 4 coats of thin CA as I was having a lot of trouble getting the CA to cure. Not sure why. I wondered if th resin had something to do with it as I've never had this issues before. The first 2 coats air dried. The last 2 I used same brand accelerator. After the 4 coats of thin CA, I sanded again to 400 with Abranet. Once done with that, I went to my Beall Buffing System. It uses EEE, then White Diamond, followed by Carnuba Wax. Since these blanks were shiny, I went with the Chrome Slimline kit. I'm pretty happy with it, though I prefer the first.

Its hard to tell due to my poor camera skills, but the dull shined pen shows much more grain pattern of the denim. I'm curious how the micarta would look if it was cut on a 30 or 45 degree angle.
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