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Small pits in finished pens

So I am getting back into turning pens and with my first few practice pens I have noticed something. With the end product there are small pits in the wood where the wax goes in and makes both a bad texture but also a bad look. Is there something im forgetting? I turn the pen, sand it, put some Mylands friction polish on it then put wax on it. Is there something missing? How can I get rid of these pits?!
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Give some good pics so we can have a better idea of what you're talking about.

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What type of wood?
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Could just be pores in the wood...
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Could just be pores in the wood...
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That would be my assumption as well.
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I know there's a way to make a link to another thread but it's above me. I asked a similar question awhile back that might give you something to chew on. Go to my profile page or search for the thread "finishing question".
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So I am getting back into turning pens and with my first few practice pens I have noticed something. With the end product there are small pits in the wood where the wax goes in and makes both a bad texture but also a bad look. Is there something im forgetting? I turn the pen, sand it, put some Mylands friction polish on it then put wax on it. Is there something missing? How can I get rid of these pits?!

Unless you seal the wood pores you will always get this. To prevent it stop using wax or seal better. When working with flatwork you need to seal the grain if you want that smooth finish. There are many putty type products out there just that you need to match colors. I use CA on all my wood pens. But I go for the glass like finish. If I want a more subdued look I just knock back the gloss with some fine steel wool or faux product.

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