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I know these blanks are cheap enough to just buy; but I enjoy makin stuff myself. Has anyone tried to do this. Laminating dyed veneers or thin pieces together to create a blank? I have been experimenting with vacuum dyeing pieces of soft maple w acrylic dye and a bit of water. Still in the oven drying. I am awaiting my cactus juice to be shipped so I thought I would just try without stabilizing. I thought maynendyeing them w a vacuum chamber, drying them, laminating them. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or am I just wasting my time? Also what would be a fo way to laminate them? Using wood glue I would assume u would see the glue after turning. Maybe 2 part epoxy?
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I know these blanks are cheap enough to just buy; but I enjoy makin stuff myself. Has anyone tried to do this. Laminating dyed veneers or thin pieces together to create a blank? I have been experimenting with vacuum dyeing pieces of soft maple w acrylic dye and a bit of water. Still in the oven drying. I am awaiting my cactus juice to be shipped so I thought I would just try without stabilizing. I thought maynendyeing them w a vacuum chamber, drying them, laminating them. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or am I just wasting my time? Also what would be a fo way to laminate them? Using wood glue I would assume u would see the glue after turning. Maybe 2 part epoxy?
Itll work, what you're planning, although I wouldn't separate the dying and stabilizing steps. Dye the cactus juice itself before stabilizing, the dye will leech into the juice during stabilizing anyway. May as well make that work for you. Just make sure that whatever dye you use is compatible with the cactus juice, otherwise you'll get curing issues.

As far as adhesive for the lamination goes, epoxy. A slow-set brand will be your best bet, and you'll want it clear as well. Wood glue doesn't stick very well to stabilized woods, its better to treat stabilized stuff as plastic. One of those pour-on epoxy coatings would work on a budget if you can swing it go for West Systems with the special clear hardener. Dye/stabilize the laminates before gluing them up, otherwise the heat from the curing process will destroy the glue bond

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I'm curious to know how you're vacuum dyeing goes. Be aware that when you draw a vacuum on the water, the boiling point will lower and it will begin to boil. You may want to make sure that your vacuum chamber is below the pump and that your hose is clear so you can see if water or vapor is being drawn up into your pump.

It's something I've been wanting to try for a while, so I'll be looking forward to your success reports.
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I used a lot of acrylic based dye and some water to thin it out as I was scared any alcohol would like explode. It turned out very well. The pieces are drying as we speak and I can't wait to c if they are dyed all the way through. I will cut one in half and chuck one up on the lathe and c wat happens
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