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Sand this way and that

All pen barrels have to be sanded smooth, but how you do that sanding can make a big difference in the final result. To guarantee a smooth surface every time, start with the finest possible grit. If you've turned a surface that feels smooth to the touch, start with 150 or 240 grit sandpaper. Then, with the lathe spinning at a slower speed, (1,000 to 1,250 rpm), sand across the grain. Stop the lathe and use the same grit to sand with the grain from one end of the blank to the other. Sanding with the grain removes circular scratches. Continue the two-step sanding process with 320, 400, and 600 grit paper. Be careful not to sand the bushings.

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