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This photo-shoot shows how I made an Acrylic pen. I used a 1.25" gouge and finished with a 1/2" skew chisel. When turning was complete I used 400 grit paper whilst the lathe was turning, then, turning by slowly by hand, rubbed along the length. This procedure was repeated using 1200 grit with Brasso metal polish followed by Brasso on the smooth side of the paper. A final polish with a soft cloth and a high shine was the result. I'll add a pdf of the project.
As I type this the pen is winging it's way to England together with other presents that I made whilst my brother-in-law was here for a short holiday.
I'm sure that a good friend and fellow member will recognize these blue pen blanks which arrived "out of the blue" from the far side of Australia.
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Great tutorial Harry and beautiful pen.

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I don't have an interest in making pens but I have been curious as to how it is done. Your tutorial is excellent (as usual) and answered my questions. I can see why making pens is fun.

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Another great tutorial, Harry. Keep this up and you may receive a tenured professorship at Hogworts.

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Harry, I have a question....

What CA glue do you use? And where do you get it?

I was under the impression that the glue sticks on contact. I have also seen people use the CA glue as a finish.

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Going to make this a sticky Harry. Great tutorial.

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Great job on the tutorial Harry. One thing that I have found is that SHARP tools are a necessity when turning acrylic blanks.

I have used Gorilla Glue (original) for gluing the tubes into the blank, more time to fool around putting the tubes in. It does require overnight to set up though.

As to James' inquiry to CA as a finish, works great on all types of wood. I usually put on 4-5 coats of medium CA glue. Nice durable finish. There IS a learning curve though!

Keep on turning, the pens look great.

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Harry, I have a question....

What CA glue do you use? And where do you get it?

I was under the impression that the glue sticks on contact. I have also seen people use the CA glue as a finish.
I buy thin CA glue and all my pen kits from TIMBERBITS, George is a great guy to deal with and he stocks quality merchandise PLUS his freight charges even to America are VERY reasonable. As a finish it's applied with doubled small squares of tissues whilst the lathe is turning and as soon as a coat is applied a quick squirt of accelerator makes it immediately ready for the next coat. Five or six coats are normal but one guy that I know thinks he's making Rolls Royces, he applies closer to 20 coats!

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Going to make this a sticky Harry. Great tutorial.
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Great job on the tutorial Harry. One thing that I have found is that SHARP tools are a necessity when turning acrylic blanks.

I have used Gorilla Glue (original) for gluing the tubes into the blank, more time to fool around putting the tubes in. It does require overnight to set up though.

As to James' inquiry to CA as a finish, works great on all types of wood. I usually put on 4-5 coats of medium CA glue. Nice durable finish. There IS a learning curve though!

Keep on turning, the pens look great.
Thank you Ted, even though I have a Tormec, I'm yet to master it and I know that my turning skills will improve dramatically once I do master the technique. At the moment I'm using the high speed grinder which is a great way to quickly reduce the length of turning tools!

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