Turning Archive 2004
>Please hang in here for some questions at the end.
I use my drill press with a flat head bolt chucked in it to insert the parts of the pens I've started making. I had great luck with the first 5 pens I made and then tragedy happened.
I over-inserted the twist mechanism on Deluxe kits 3 times. I was able to save the turned barrels and reassemble by ripping out the pen tip and using a drill bit in backwards to press out the mechanism. I now have a few kits worth of spare parts as I had to "borrow" the tips to replace the damaged ones.
This morning, while standing in my think tank (shower) the light bulb went on. Why haven't I been setting the drill press max depth to control over-insertion of the twist mechanisms???
I will try that tonight on another pen I'm working on.
So now for the questions...
1) If I invest in a pen press, will I have to manually control insertion depth or does it have stops similar to the drill press max depth?
2) If I invest in the disassembly tool, are the components (tip, twist mechanism, etc) re-usable?
3) I've started trying the CA finish on a couple pens and REALLY like it. Should I still use a sanding sealer after the 220 or 320 grit and at what grit should I stop and apply the CA? Also, what grits do you recommend post CA application?
Thanks for any and all help.
Chuck in Memphis, TN.