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Rotten turnings from the wood pile.

A neighbor of mine put a lot of rotten firewood on the street for the city to pick up. Some of these are held together with CA glue. I really like the way this wood looks.










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It looks like spalted maple (or another spalted species). It looks great.

Dang you! I pay extra for that at my wood supplier.

Look into Cactus Juice for stabilizing punky wood.
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Look into Cactus Juice for stabilizing punky wood.
I see videos of folks using a vacuum chamber when using Cactus Juice. Are you using a vacuum chamber? If not, what is your application method and what kind of penetration do you get?

I assume the Cactus Juice needs to be applied to a bowl which has already dried to the desired moisture content? Most spalted logs I scrounge for bowl blanks, are retaining quite a bit of excess moisture at the time I discover them.
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Yes, I use a vacuum chamber I made from a yard sale pressure cooker and an old air conditioning vacuum pump.

When the wood isn’t fully dry, I put it in the oven at a low temperature until it dries out.

It really comes out nice after the cactus juice cures.
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So far the only thing I have used is CA thin glue. I sure hope they don't start falling apart. This is the first time I have had any experience with wood that is rotten. I wonder do you have to use a vacuum chamber when using Cactus Juice?

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So far the only thing I have used is CA thin glue. I sure hope they don't start falling apart. This is the first time I have had any experience with wood that is rotten. I wonder do you have to use a vacuum chamber when using Cactus Juice?
This all I have done also, hence my previous question. The bowl shown below had so much moisture in the wood, the moisture was flying out as I was rough turning it. Just like it was on "spin dry" cycle.

I'm not certain just how much and how deep the Cactus Juice would penitrate with out vacuum.

I did see this JB Weld product the other day. Has anyone used this with good results? https://www.jbweld.com/product/wood-...iquid-hardener
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Dave, they have on Amazon so I ordered a bottle of it. JB Weld has some good products, I hope this will work. I should have it tomorrow.

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Dave, they have on Amazon so I ordered a bottle of it. JB Weld has some good products, I hope this will work. I should have it tomorrow.
@hawkeye10 I'm eagerly awaiting your results as I bought some of this, but it's been intermittently raining since I brought it home, and I'm waiting for a few dry days to get to it. Good Luck!
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Dave, they have on Amazon so I ordered a bottle of it. JB Weld has some good products, I hope this will work. I should have it tomorrow.
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@hawkeye10 I'm eagerly awaiting your results as I bought some of this, but it's been intermittently raining since I brought it home, and I'm waiting for a few dry days to get to it. Good Luck!
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I did pick up a bottle when I saw it but have not used any yet. I've been busy welding up a frame to mount my lathe on. Needs paint yet. Will add a plywood floor to stack ballast and a table top behind the lathe itself. The 8X33 area directly under the lathe will be left open to enhance air flow to the invertor and motor. Four swivel casters provide mobility while two leveling jacks in the front will lock it down when desired. The tube frame itself weighs 110lbs.. I'll post more pics when its painted and lathe mounted.
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I'm eagerly awaiting the results as well. The people I know who use other JB Weld products swear by them. It sounds like the JB Weld Liquid Hardener should do a good job of penetrating. I'll be interested to hear if it fills gaps and cracks well.

There's no doubt that Cactus Juice penetrates really well under vacuum. Once saturated, the wood is baked to cure the Cactus Juice. Every void is filled and solid. It's not difficult, but it would be nice to have an alternative to the vacuum and the baking.

OK, we're waiting for you; don't let us down! :)
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Well, it looks like the JB stuff does not absorb into the wood as CA glue does. Here are two pictures, one is the top side and the other is the bottom. The bottom doesn't have any JB on it. I would wear some Nitril gloves while working with this stuff.




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