Now that the less than 5 minute turning process is over, we move on to sanding and finishing.
I like to sand starting at 220 and move thru 600 and then move to micro mesh 2400 thru 12,000. You can see the results achieved in the following photos. I also like to wipe the blanks down with a paper towel between the finer grits to prevent contamination. Stopping the lathe and hand sanding with the grain between the grits is also recommended for best results.
After the sanding process is complete, we are then ready for the finish. Now there are as many finish arguments as there are pen turners and I am not going there. I chose a finish called Enduro for this pen because it is what I wanted to use this time around. I have and use many different finishes and Enduro is among my top 3 choices. First we apply the sanding sealer as prescribed and let it dry over night.
After drying over night, I take it back thru the micro mesh sanding from 3200 thru 12,000 using a light touch taking care not to sand away the sealer any more than necessary. It is then time to apply the Top Coat in the same prescribed manner and allow it to dry overnight. After drying time is complete, I take it back thru the 3200 to 12,000 micro mesh one last time to get a smooth semi shiny finish before assembly.
Okay, we are finished at the lathe and need to move back to the workbech for assembly and the final steps. We gather all the pen parts, blanks and pen press into our workspace. Again, there are many ways to assemble and press a pen together, this is just the method I use.
It is good to have your instructions in front of you and FOLLOW them CLOSELY during assembly or you may find yourself trying to back track, which is not a process for sissies.
After the pen is assembled, I like to apply a wax called TSW or Renaissance wax to give it a nice glow and feel.