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Stabilizing Wood.

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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Crooked Stic » Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:44 pm

I got some color to go in the Cactus Juice. I got in no hurry on this one and I think it paid off.I vacuumed three times with soak time on the first two double the vacuum time. Then after the third vacuum of a couple of hours I let it soak four days then cured it.The color got all thru the wood and gained a lot of weight. I squared the block up and sanded to 180 grit and put some rattle can poly on it to bring out the grain. Turned a fairly plain piece into a nice looking riser block.
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Chemsolder » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:06 pm

Awesome! Been thinking of trying to dye some woods in order to avoid stains seeing what it took....wow I am impressed The results are phenominal!
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Iktomi » Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:58 pm

How do ya think that cactus juice will behave with the epoxy when it comes time to glue 'er up? Hopefully the 'pox will stick to it.
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Crooked Stic » Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:04 am

That is one of the first questions I asked before getting into this project. Curtis of Turntex said he has used epoxy and titebond all with good results. I also asked how it would react to heating in the hot box after curing. He said it will be fine up to 400 degrees.
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby mike robin » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:29 am

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what dye and color did you use ?--and it was mixed right in the cactus juice?
it looks great!
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Iktomi » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:37 am

That's good news. Epoxy is funny about bonding with certain plastics.

Crooked Stic wrote:That is one of the first questions I asked before getting into this project. Curtis of Turntex said he has used epoxy and titebond all with good results. I also asked how it would react to heating in the hot box after curing. He said it will be fine up to 400 degrees.
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Crooked Stic » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:13 pm

It is a aluminite die that he sells on his site. At the bottom of this page--
http://www.turntex.com/~cactusb1/index. ... Itemid=121
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Re: Stabilizing Wood.

Postby Crooked Stic » Mon May 19, 2014 4:03 am

I got a bow built with some of the maple. This stuff sands a cuts way different than normal wood. Kinda wants to polish out. Adds a lot of weight . Considering supplies and electric you will have about $40 tied up in a TD sized riser block.
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