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As I workde in my hop building a batch of particularly colorful pens, it occurred to me that I make interesting sawdust.  Hence, the name of this page.  People often ask questions about how to make a pen and how long it takes.  For those of you who are interested, here are the basics.
                                                        
                                                            Day 3


The pen blank is remounted in the lathe and sanded with 400 grit and 600 grit.  It is cleaned with acetone.













Two coats of medium CA are applied and treated with activator.  It is sanded in 9 steps to 4000 grit, to a high gloss.













A tenon is cut fot the center band.















A liquid friction finish of shellac and carnauba wax is applied and French polished with the heat generated by hand-pressure while the lathe is turning at 3000 RPM.  The finish is allowed to cure overnight.
















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