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Gave may airbrush a woody (wooden handle)

Discussion in 'Open Bar!' started by DaveG, Oct 8, 2019.


  1. DaveG

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    I had someone ask if I could turn a wooden handle for an airbrush. So, I gave it a shot to see if I could answer the question - So far I have a few Walnut, and a Wild Cherry handle turned. Be a few days till the full finish comes up, but they are coming along. More to come, soon -

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    Those look awesome
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    Amazing craftsmanship!! Beautiful work Dave! Just a question, were do you find those cheap HP-b brushes!!


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    If I tell you, then the next one won't be so cheap ;).

    Just kidding, I watch for good deals on Ebay, particularly with people that sound like they probably found it in a storage locker, or estate sale - so they have no attachment to it. I am not afraid to make low offers ;), and am not shy about passing if the price becomes more than I want to pay.
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    Thanx for the tip, I will try to learn because every time I look at ebay for an HP-B they are super expensive


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    They looking cool!:thumbsup: There are other types of wood with interesting colours and textures that would look great on the backsides of ABs. Wood gives wide field of designs and techniques that could be implemented to these parts of the ABs. Though, many other materials could be used with not much bigger effort resulting attractive look.

    Downside of using the wood is all that beauty will disappear after short period of time using AB as a tool. Maybe, people buying such handles buy them for the collection without any intentions to use the airbrushes as the tool. I wonder what fields the consumers of such handles are from? Professional, collectibles, hobbies? Rather from the last two.
    Some thoughts about marketing policies are spinning in my mind:)

    Being said that, I'm not telling the things look the way I don't like, they do look very good.
    Making such handles is the place where properties and purposes of tool and beauty meet. It's the question either to look at the things or to use them. Thus, different materials can be chosen.
    For me airbrush is a tool;) I choose other materials.

    You're cool, Dave!:thumbsup: I think, it would (or wood:D) be fun sometimes to compete with you:)
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    @Vladimir - the finish that will be built up on the wood will be impervious so just about everything but Acetone. Even with Acetone, you would probably have to soak it for a while to soften the finish, if it did at all. They should be able to just be wiped clean should the need arise. I do have a bit of woodworking background ;).

    There are dozens of different materials readily available for use turning custom pens on the lathe, and I have ordered several to experiment with.
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    Cool! So you mean that automotive basecoat thinners will not do anything to the handle topcoat and everyone could clean them just like plated parts?

    Yeah, pens are what's come to my mind first when I saw that AB you bought with the wooden handle. Some time ago tons of them were sold.
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    1st finish is near complete - maybe a little more polishing. The finish is a multi-coat CA finish, that is 1st soaked into the surface of the wood, then built up, sanded, and polished. It should withstand most solvents, especially if exposure is kept limited to something like an occasional wipe down, or so...

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    I thought about transparent PU resins.
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    So classy. Next step, wooden inlay in the trigger.
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    I have those as well...
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    Stabilized (and dyed) Maple Burl - Love this color/look. Reminds me of the pieces from the 30's and 40's.

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    Dave, this is one of my pens with a resin body. I guess you would need to go very thin to stay in the measurements and then it will become very brittle. [​IMG]
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    I have some resin and acrylic pen blanks - I don't think they will be an issue. The Micron handles are thinner, but there is also two brass inserts that add to the strength. I am waiting on a few more samples to work with, which should allow me to have some new stuff to show early next week.
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    Those are pretty darn cool. Were you inspired by that one from Brazil?
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    Watched videos on wood pen turning. Having the equipment, the handles can be made by using similar treatment techniques. Also, there are tons of ready to turn blanks out there in the US, hardwoods, exotic wood, resins, etc. So, possibilities are endless. Especially if to start adding carving or other techniques used for wood and not only for wood. Jeweler's techniques is also a way to go, for those who likes glamour.
    Combination wood with metal treatment gives plenty of the designs that can be made. Just like Wold started to do for his airbrush handles design kinda century ago (resins and plated brass).
    By using different material treatment beauty AB handles are guaranteed. The only question how many of them can work with the urethanes and different liquids for airbrush cleaning.
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    I was, but more importantly - someone asked if I "could do it?" - nothing like a "challenge" to get the creative juices flowing.

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