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Help with pen making 2 questions

Discussion in 'Pens & More Discussed Here' started by ThomasT, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. ThomasT

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    Hello everyone,

    As soon as I can get all the required new equipment assembled I will try my hand at Pen turning and I need a bit of advice on two questions. I do know of and have read the real good tutorial here on the Forum, but would like some personal input.

    1) What turning tool/chisel (s) do you recommend for turning the Pen blanks, ( size, style and brand)?

    2) Excluding CA, what do you recommend for the best "finish" material?

    Thanks in advance and have a great day,

    ThomasT
     
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    I started with carbides because they're easy to maintain.

    And a friction polish is a good finish. Although it will wear out over time.
     
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    Hello Marc,

    I have been studying up on the various Carbide tools and like what I have found out so far. I am not familiar with Friction Polish so will check that out.

    Thanks for your help and have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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    I pretty much use on my pens
    CA - 75% of the time
    BLO & beeswax - 15% of the time
    Hut friction polish about 10% of the time

    84952CC8-6A5B-4920-B73E-C555546C034B.jpeg
     
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    Hello Stan,

    Thanks for the photo, now I know what to look for.

    Have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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    When I get home later tonight I can link up some stuff for you to look at....
     
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    Hello again Marc,

    Sure would appreciate that.

    Have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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    Hello Marc,

    Thank you for this contact with John, seems like a really nice guy and has some nice looking tools. I went ahead and placed an order with him for three tools and now looking forward to trying out some of these Carbide style.

    Between you and @rocky1 offering such good help, it has cleaned out my bank account...:lol2:

    I appreciate this good help and advice.

    Have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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    You're welcome. Just make sure to post up in that topic, that you have ordered, and when they arrive.
     
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    Are you getting handles from him or will you be making your own?
    I can find some topics here on how to make and put em together....
     
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    Hello Marc,

    I went ahead and ordered handles from him. I do have my own metal lathe and aluminum stock that I could make the handles but like that grip he adds to his.

    Thanks again,
    ThomasT
     
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    Howdy Thomas,
    This is the friction polish I have. It's a small bottle, to see if I liked it. It's pretty good. And smells much much better when applying it than ca does.
    https://www.pennstateind.com/store/PKSWAXLX.html
    The larger bottles can be pretty costly...

    And this the stuff I use for my acrylic blanks. (Not hybrids though)
    https://www.pennstateind.com/store/ONESTEP.html

    It works great for me. I use an old flannel shirt cut up into small squares to apply it.
    Followed by wax....
    www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AJWN62/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    That's a decent price for the size....and its good for everything.
     
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    If you run across any threads on handle making, please post. I'd appreciate it. I'm sure you'd be much more efficient finding it than myself.
     
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    I'm looking right now....
     
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    I use a roughing gouge and skew to turn my pens and use Capt. Eddie’s shine juice for a friction polish. 1/3 DNA 1/3 BLO and 1/3 shellac.
     
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    Hello Marc,

    Sure appreciate all this information and your effort.

    Have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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    Edit:
    Just watched this video on YouTube #89 O.B. Shine Juice about the "Shine". neat


    Hello Lou,

    Thanks for this info.

    Have a great day,
    ThomasT
     
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