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  • Pen Turning - Gluing Acrylic Blanks

    I'm turning a pen out of acrylic and my instant adhesive which says is will stick anything to anything does not adhere to the acrylic blanks very well. If you wait 30 minutes of so it bonds but in the normal minute or two that it should take no, its just gummy. The bottle of adhesive is new (to me, don't know how long it was on the shelf) so not sure if its just that this particular adhesive doesn't bond to acrylic well or the cause is some other problem. The glue is from a pen turning supplier and it is sold as for use on pen turning blanks.

    Anyone else experienced this?
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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    Re: Pen Turning - Gluing Acrylic Blanks

    I always use acetone to solvent-bond acrylic. Never tried using instant glue.

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      Re: Pen Turning - Gluing Acrylic Blanks

      For pens you need to bond the blank to a brass tube which is inserted inside the blank, so its brass to acrylic.

      I found that lightly roughing up the OD of the brass tube using some 220 sandpaper helped the CA get a grip.
      "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
      John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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