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stabilizing pen blanks

I was looking at some highly figured wood for some pen turning. There was some burl and heavy birds eye pieces. Some people advertise that they stabilize the wood and some do not. I understand why it is done, but how can I do it at home? I searched around a bit on the net but didn't get alot of good answers.

Is stabilizing a must, or just something that make turning easier?

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One of the best ways to stabilize pen blanks is to saturate them with cyanoacrylate glue. Use the thinnest (red) formula so it will soak into the wood pores before it "cures". We used this in some highly figured blanks in our classes. After soaking it, let it dry thoroughly, overnight is best. Good Luck

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One of the best ways to stabilize pen blanks is to saturate them with cyanoacrylate glue. Use the thinnest (red) formula so it will soak into the wood pores before it "cures". We used this in some highly figured blanks in our classes. After soaking it, let it dry thoroughly, overnight is best. Good Luck
So do you buy a tub of glue and just dip it in for a minute? Or do you need to leave it in for a certain amount of time? I read somewhere about using a vacume press for stabilizing.... is that nessecary? Any additional detail you can provide would be helpful. Thanks.

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