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Stabilizing blanks

Read somewhere that you can "lightly" stabilize a blank by soaking it for 24 hours in a 50/50 mixture of lacquer and thinner. Does this work?
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Read somewhere that you can "lightly" stabilize a blank by soaking it for 24 hours in a 50/50 mixture of lacquer and thinner. Does this work?
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i don't think that will work. you can seal them in a mason jar and do it that way by heating the jar up a little kind of like canning food. but you want some sort of vacuum to suck whatever product you are using into the fibers and replacing the moisture and air in the wood. sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to stabilize a couple of pieces and thats under extreme vacuum pressure
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i don't think that will work. you can seal them in a mason jar and do it that way by heating the jar up a little kind of like canning food. but you want some sort of vacuum to suck whatever product you are using into the fibers and replacing the moisture and air in the wood. sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to stabilize a couple of pieces and thats under extreme vacuum pressure
Yea I didn't think it would work either, but for a second, I thought I had found an easy (and cheap) way to stabilize blanks. Thanks for the help.
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i don't think that will work. you can seal them in a mason jar and do it that way by heating the jar up a little kind of like canning food. but you want some sort of vacuum to suck whatever product you are using into the fibers and replacing the moisture and air in the wood. sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to stabilize a couple of pieces and thats under extreme vacuum pressure
Hey how do you stabilize the blanks? How about a tutorial on that?
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You didn't say what size blank. Pen blanks may be able to be stabilized because you aren't asking the chemical to penetrate very far. Remember you will be drilling out the middle. I thought you might be talking about stabilizing a bowl blank and I doubt that would work. However sometimes solutions like thinned lacquer thinner will penetrate very far into punky wood. It just won't do anything to solid wood more than maybe a few thousandths of an inch.
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Hey how do you stabilize the blanks? How about a tutorial on that?
i will give a step by step with pics sometime today i have a few i have to do.
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That would be awsome! thanks
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Hey Brown! Fancy meeting you here!

For those of you who are not DIY's on stabilization, I offer small blank stabilization as a service. Typically I charge $8/lb (incoming weight). For some woods like Spalted Maple, the price would be a little higher. I use a Turntex Cactus Juice chamber and resin. My chamber is 8" x 8" x 7".

You can see what that is all about at turntex.com. Thanks.

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