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Stabilizing Ideas?

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Vincent Zed, May 18, 2019.

  1. Vincent Zed

    Vincent Zed New Member

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    Hi everyone,
    I recently got myself a vacuum chamber, and after using it to stabilize wood, I tried it on a few other things as well (cork, corn cobs and a skateboard deck). I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas on anything else I could/ should try?
     
  2. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Leather rings and antler and for some reason that is all I can think of right now
     
  3. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    does stabilizing make something flimsy, rigid? You don't make micarta with a vacuum chamber do you? Most of my ideas involve pressing pieces of stuff together.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Stabilizing resin is a type of Acrylic so it will stiffen up whatever it is part of. Layered fabric only needs pressure, tightens the layers and reduces the resin to fabric ratio. To much resin or gaps makes for a week layup and more weight than needed.

    A layup done in a professional shop would use a vacuum bag, mold, bleeder ply and a vacuum to remove air and then draw in the resin. It is the process used by a guy on Facebook for casting organic matter
     

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