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. 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. 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. 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. Amboyna Maple 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. More amboyna Amboyna again, smaller pieces will probably use on a 2 piece handle.