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 Post subject: Stabilizing Resin ???
PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:03 pm 
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Has anyone used Cactus Juice , Stick Fast or another Stabilizing Resin for turning pens with spalted or other unstable woods?
If so any tips or one over the other.
I have some beautiful spalted wood that is a little to punky to turn well, it is from a special location.
Or other sugestions

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:35 pm 
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One of our club members has done quite a bit of experimenting with Cactus Juice with good results. If you're not already familiar with the process, you'll need a good vacuum chamber and something like a small toaster oven to bake the blank in after it's been infused. I've also experimented with regular wood stabilization products with some success. It's really fascinating to watch the air get sucked out of the wood when the vacuum is applied. Amazing how much material will get absorbed back in.

Keep us posted on your progress!

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2020 8:46 pm 
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I have had good results on pens by rough turning the material, then slowly applying heavy coats of super glue. After the glue has dried I then finish the turning.You must take care not to glue the material to your mandrel. I apply a heavy coat of beeswax to the mandrel before putting the material on the mandrel.Also make sure you have good ventalation the super glue will both fume off and get quite hot as it cures.


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