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so tell me how to use the ca glue?

i have never used it but have some coming.so if you have soft wood (punky) i assume you can put it on it to harden it right?
does it also seal the wood so it doesnt soak up so much finish?
i have so much to learn in my old age lol
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I use it fairly often but not to harden soft wood. I assume the thin CA will soak in quick and do the job. I use thinned shellac on soft wood to firm it up.
For pens or other small items it should be fine but for bowls (at $2 an ounce) it would get expensive very quickly.

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i have never used it but have some coming.so if you have soft wood (punky) i assume you can put it on it to harden it right?
does it also seal the wood so it doesnt soak up so much finish?
i have so much to learn in my old age lol
thanks
There is a product called"Polycryl" that is made for harden punky and spalted wood. I have never used it but I am sure some of the experienced turner on this site have.
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I have used CA glue on spalted pen blanks with success. Also spot treated spalted wood spindles and bowls, not sure if accomplished much but makes me feel better.

Think Miniwax had a wood hardener product, which could never find locally been reading about for years.

http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/maintenance-repair/minwax-high-performance-wood-hardener?gclid=CJqyrIK786wCFQdN4AodSgruNA

Polycryl an expensive product!

http://www.preservation-solutions.com/product.php?category_id=1000&product_id=1006&sourc e=GooglePolycryl

Some people think this product is great treatment for green bowl blanks. Read where soaking entire blank best op. Sounds good but awfully expensive.
http://www.preservation-solutions.com/pentacryl-wood-stabilizer.php
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CA is interesting stuff. The thin will penetrate punky or soft wood and harden it to make it easier to turn. It's too expensive to use for a finish except for pens.
CA does not move with the wood. Although many of us patch cracks in wood, if they are very large you may get a small gap there as the years go by due to wood movement. small cracks are easily filled with medium or thin CA.
You can pack a crack with saw dust, colored chalk, crushed stone, or metal filings and fill it with then or maybe medium CA. It looks nice if done properly.
CA becomes brittle if you use accelorator with it. It does speed up the drying time but too much accelorator and it will foam and smoke. The smoke is incredibly rough on the eyes. I use the brittleness when I make my hand mirrors. I glue a waste block to the good wood using medium CA and accelorator. Then when I finish turning the other side you can hit the block real fast and it will break the glue joint. Of course a good catch will also release the block.
Don't use CA for things that need to be permanent like glueing up segmented work or gluing rings onto solid wood. The wood movement will eventually break the joint. Use epoxy or yellow glue for this.
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