Ending the Blank
Ending the pen blank is the most laborous in the duties. The process requires sanding and applying the finishes. There are as numerous finishes as you will find pen makers. Below, I list the typical finishes that I use.
Sanding the Blank
Depending upon the smoothness of the pen just after turning, I select the right sandpaper. When using softer woods, the pen blanks are fairly smooth following the very last skew Slash and I could only use 600 grit to 3,000 grit sandpaper, extremely flippantly to complete the pen. With more difficult woods and acrylics, I often start with courser grits but complete Using the exact same grit sandpaper. In Every situation, I halt the lathe to examine the area of your blank before sanding and get started with the proper sandpaper. After Each individual sanding, I also end the lathe and sand the blank together the grain. This aids remove the “strains” due to lathe.
With some woods, I take advantage of sanding sealer prior to the final sand for a better end.
Finishing the Blank
There are many means of ending the blanks, soon after sanding. I am regularly trying new strategies, notably as some people want satin (and not gloss) finishes. Many of my clients have questioned for just a “tough” end! I use the lathe for all finishing procedures. After sanding and in advance of any ending, I thoroughly clean the blanks with alcohol to remove any dust together with other international issue that may result in problems. Beneath are 4 on the prevalent finishing procedures that I use.
Apply numerous coast of wax (EEE Extremely Shine) and a minimum of two coats of friction polish (Shellawax Product). Both goods are Australian produced goods and provides a shiny end, or
Use a number of layers (approximately ten coats, according to the Wooden) of CA glue (super glue) to the blank. Then I sand the blank with wet (drinking water) micromesh (micromesh is a form of sandpaper) as much as twelve,000 grit for just a large gloss finish, or
Use two or a few coats of Oganic Burnishing wax. Then employing sandpaper, sand the Wooden, leaving a pleasant satin finish, or
Acrylic blanks are soaked sanded to at the least 4,000 grit, in some cases approximately twelve,000 with micromesh and finished that has a friction polish to provide a shiny finish.
I’ve tried out other finishes, like spray on lacquer, wipe on polyutherane and beeswax. All of them have a unique finish. I’m guaranteed that new products might be obtainable from time to time.
Once the blanks are concluded, They are really ready for assembly.