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Stabilizing Wood

Discussion in 'Other Projects' started by cuatroXcuatro, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. cuatroXcuatro

    cuatroXcuatro Active Member

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    Thanks to John Noon and this forum I've been introduced to the process of stabilizing wood. Having lots of fun and am learning as I go. This stuff, which is methyl methacrylate, is really nice to work with, no smell, not volatile and easy water clean up. Turns out a couple of friends of mine use it all the time but for a completely different application - cement for knee and hip replacements.
    Maple scales all cut up.
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    I dried them in the oven for a few hours, weighing them as I went until they no longer lost anymore weight. This is maple and amboyna.
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    Using UHMWPE to displace liquid, this way I can stabilize long pieces without needing a ton of cactus juice. Normally they woud be submerged. Got a 12 inch dia chamber for flexibility.
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    There are 6 of these pieces in the chamber as well as some long square ones, was only doing 2 pieces of wood for this batch.
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    Amboyna
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    Maple
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    Curly maple, this stuff is so cool, it really changes before your eyes as you look at it from different angles.
    I have another unstabilized block of it.
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    More amboyna
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    Amboyna again, smaller pieces will probably use on a 2 piece handle.
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    cuatroXcuatro Active Member

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    This one just out. Again amboyna. I think I have an addiction.
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  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Very cool. I have never stabilized wood. I have always just used very old and very dry wood. It's only bitten me in the butt once (maybe twice) before. I definitely like how it augments the grain. I think I may need to look into this more. (though, i really don't need another hobby at the stage : )
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    There is also a new very bright red available from Turntex
     
  5. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    Wow cool colours man. I really dig the green Amboyna burl.
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    That is the new liquid dye turntex made for cactus juice
     

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