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I like a CA finish personally. Some guys dont like it and thats fine. Were all different. I have posted several videos in the past about applying CA. You'll have to search for them. They are not my videos but very imformative about CA.
Pro's to CA...
Very durable, polishes to a brilliant shine but you can stop short on your polishing if you like a satin type finish, very simple and quick to apply, I always get comments on the finish!!
Con's to CA...
Some folks will tell you it makes the wood feel like plastic. This is true, as you are applying multiple layers of acrylic to your pen but I have yet to have a customer say, this feels like plastic instead of wood. It stinks like mad!!!! Use CA in a well ventilated area and wear a respirator. If not, it will burn your nose and make your eyes water. The fumes have got to be really bad for you.
I get my CA at woodcraft but there are many sources for it. I have tried a few different brands but I like the Titebond brand medium the best for pens.
As for your bushings, yes you will glue the blank to the bushings. I started waxing my bushings and it helps a bit. I have also just used pliers to break the bushing off before and 99% of the time it will break clean but once it didnt and ruined a pen body. There is also plastic type bushings, cant remember the actual name, that CA dosnt stick too.
I'm getting ready to start turning pens between centers and just do away with bushings all together then I dont have to worry about gluing my bushings. You just need a 60* live center and a 60* dead center to turn between centers. The down side is you can only do one part of the pen body at a time. This also requires the use of calipers to match the body to the parts which will slow things down but make for a much nicer looking pen. I'm moving into higher end items now so its time to improve quality as well!!
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