Step 7: Do a Super Glue Finish and Remove the Rocket From the Lathe.

I've used CA (or super) glue finishes for wooden pens, and it's a viable method of finishing off a project. One important property of super glue is that if you drop it onto a cloudy, smoothly-sanded clear plastic surface, it will clear up the plastic again. I learned this after watching my friends systematically destroy a pair of safety glasses.

Either way, the super glue is what will make the little window in your rocket ship clear again, and it also adds a smooth, shiny, durable coating.

While your rocket is still on the lathe, you'll want to wipe off any sawdust/chips/residue from the surface of the rocket, using some paper towels. I do this by turning on the lathe - keeping it at the same speed I used for sanding - and lightly pressing a clean section of the paper towel to the surface of the rocket, and making passes along the length of the rocket. If I pull away the paper towel, and see a lot of dust, I'll repeat the process until I'm fairly sure that the piece is clean.

Drop some super glue on a clean piece of paper towel. While the lathe is on, run the paper towel along the length of the rocket to apply the super glue until you coat the whole thing. The goal is to apply a thin, complete coat, and it may take a little practice before you can execute it well. Keep the lathe spinning for a few minutes after you finish applying the super glue. This allows the glue to set up and dry.

Turn off the lathe and remove the remainder of the blank from your setup. Be careful handling the finished piece, in case the glue hasn't fully dried. If you touch the super glue before it has dried, you'll add a finger print to the finish permanently.

Trim off the piece of the blank that was chucked in the lathe, and then sand down the remaining stem to complete the shape of the rocket. Apply a thin coat of superglue to the top of the rocket.

<p>Nice build! According to my experience, you may get a clear aspect to the acrylic without using super glue, just by sanding to a higher grit.</p><p>I do this for acrylic pen blanks. I use micromesh sanding pads, going up to 12.000 (slightly wet the pads to avoid super fine dust).</p><p>I guarantee your acrylic window would look clear again with grits above 1.000 :)</p>
<p>That's a great tip! Our shop very rarely has sandpaper over 400 grit since we're an academic makerspace and students rarely have the patience for that much sanding, so I don't have a lot of experience with crazy fine grits. Maybe we should invest in some. Thanks!</p>
<p>now give it a flip top &amp; put a shot glass inside; you're welcome. &quot;Rocket shot&quot;<br><br>ADD or give it a flip top &amp; put a 50ml bottle inside</p>
<p>Very Cool, Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>As the recipient of the original, I can confirm that it's a pretty awesome gift! At some point I think I'll make a little light-up stand for it or something.</p>
<p>How about an LED that shines up through the bottom of the acrylic rod and illumiates the windows?</p>
The acrylic is inserted from the side so I'd need to drill up through the bottom in order to do that. Although I'm sure I could make it work I'd rather not modify the rocket itself.
<p>This turned out really well! It's adorable :)</p>
<p>I love lathe puns!</p>
Really nice! Voted
<p>Thank you so much!</p>
<p>That is wonderful, definitely going to have to try this project out. Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thanks! It was a pretty quick project - like 2 days of work - especially if you do the fins more efficiently than I did, haha.</p>
<p>Absolutely beautiful!</p>

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