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Next, the pen body is sanded using 120, 240, and 400 grit sand paper. I use aluminum oxide on a flexible cloth backing, which is really nice for turning. After sanding, the wood is burnished using some sawdust (not the stuff from sanding, but rather the sawdust from turning). Grab a bunch between your fingers and press against the turning wood. This fills in small depressions in the wood, and actually put a bit of shine on the wood. Follow with a a few coats of turners polish. Once the polish has dried, a coat of turner's wax followed by a burnish finishes the pen body. Bigger...
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