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Reply #15 - Aug 8th, 2008 at 12:43pm
 
Scott Johnson wrote on Aug 8th, 2008 at 10:41am:
With the thinned lacquer or varnish do you just dip them or do you let them soak for a while?


I cut the cobs, drill them, and soak them in Minwax hardener overnight in a sealed fruitjar.  I'm not sure they really need that long, though.  Then I let them cure for a couple of days.

If I plan to dye them, I don't stabilize the cob and use a lot of CA as I go.
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Reply #16 - Aug 8th, 2008 at 5:03pm
 
Scott, I usually cut them a little over sized and then let them soak for a while, or over night at least.  If they go 24 hours it is no big deal.  You will then need to let them dry a while.  A day or two will usually do it.  Once dry, glue in your tubes, sand til pretty close to the tubes, use your barrel trimmer carefully to square the blank to the tube.  If you're too aggressive the trimmer can catch the cob and rip it in a spiral.  Then there is nothing to do other than start over.  Turn, glue, sand, glue, sand, etc. until finished.  Sounds pretty easy, right?  It really is and only takes a few minutes longer than a wood pen.
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Reply #17 - Aug 11th, 2008 at 10:58am
 
So I tried on a practice piece of wood to do the CA finish and have a question now.  How long do I keep the plastic bag in contact with the blank as I apply the glue?
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Reply #18 - Aug 11th, 2008 at 11:39am
 
I'm sorry, I guess I made a bunch of assumptions that I shouldn't have.  All you are doing with the plastic bag is to protect your finger from getting glue on it.  The only reason this becomes important is because you need to spread the glue somehow.  So to answer your question, just long enough to spread the glue and smooth it evenly across the blank.
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Reply #19 - Aug 11th, 2008 at 11:50am
 
Don't worry about making those assumptions Rev.  I had my wife come try to make a pen last month (she wanted to try one) and made a lot of assumptions that she knew somewhat how to use the lathe and tools.  I WAS DEAD WRONG!  Ok, so maybe DEAD is the wrong word here, no one died.  But I certainly had to explain a lot more that I first thought I would have to. 

As for my practicing, I was holding the bag on too long then.  I think I was mixing up your explanation with others who described using BLO.  I'll have to give it a try a few more times this week.  I want to make sure I really have this down before I try it on my Corn cobs.  I really do not want to mess them up.  Thanks for the help Rev!
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Reply #20 - Aug 21st, 2008 at 10:11pm
 
Here's a corncob pen tutorial:
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This is the CA method I generally use (Video 2):
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Hope this helps.
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