Cactus Juice Wood Stabilizer - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
 
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Product Testing & Review > Vendors
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-05-2011, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
Product Reviews Manager
 
wolftat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Trumbull, CT, USA.
Photos: 49

Default Cactus Juice Wood Stabilizer

As most of you know, I had a major problem with a stabilizing company when I tried to start stabilizing for myself. Curtis has helped me out with getting started and I have finally been able to get something going again. I am now using Curtis's Cactus Juice Stabilizing resin and am pretty happy with the results. I have taken some wood that was so punky, it was actually falling apart as I placed it in my 7.5 gallon custom made vacuum/pressure tank. After a little while under vacuum and then an hour in my oven, the punky wood that was crumbling away was turned into a solid block and was sliced up into blanks for further testing. So far this is the easiest, safest, and best way I have found to stabilize my own blanks and will be doing more testing with it before I start selling them commercially. I just wanted to thank Curtis for all the time he spent with me on the phone and in PMs back and forth to get this going. I will not be selling this stabilizing resin but I will be using it on all my blanks. With 5 tanks up and running, I should be able to do a lot of testing with this product.
__________________
Support your local Devil Dog.
Conquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit. To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail.
wolftat is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-05-2011, 10:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
penhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Chesapeake, Virginia, USA.
Posts: 2,097
Photos: 11

Default

Curtis and or wolftat,
Is there a 'blog' or something where we can keep track of all the info from the people who have had experience with the Cactus Juice and/or process.

I personally purchased the setup from Curtis when they first came out, and have only had the chance to stablilize a handfull of blanks, and the last time I added in a little coloring to the Juice. From looking at the blanks (haven't had a chance to turn them yet) it appears the coloring has penetrated through the entire blank.
__________________
JohnP -
Chesapeake, VA
Today's mighty oak is just yesterdays nut that held its ground.
penhead is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 10-05-2011, 10:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
lorbay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: BC. Canada
Posts: 3,098
Photos: 134

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolftat View Post
As most of you know, I had a major problem with a stabilizing company when I tried to start stabilizing for myself. Curtis has helped me out with getting started and I have finally been able to get something going again. I am now using Curtis's Cactus Juice Stabilizing resin and am pretty happy with the results. I have taken some wood that was so punky, it was actually falling apart as I placed it in my 7.5 gallon custom made vacuum/pressure tank. After a little while under vacuum and then an hour in my oven, the punky wood that was crumbling away was turned into a solid block and was sliced up into blanks for further testing. So far this is the easiest, safest, and best way I have found to stabilize my own blanks and will be doing more testing with it before I start selling them commercially. I just wanted to thank Curtis for all the time he spent with me on the phone and in PMs back and forth to get this going. I will not be selling this stabilizing resin but I will be using it on all my blanks. With 5 tanks up and running, I should be able to do a lot of testing with this product.
+100 on the Cactus Juice. I have tried 3 or 4 different kinds in my chamber and this stuff has performed flawless. I just wish he didn't live so far away. Costs me way to much in poastage fees.

Lin.
__________________
"If you come to a fork in the road Take It."
Yogi Berra.
lorbay is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Advertisement
Old 10-05-2011, 11:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
Bellsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Elora, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 386
Photos: 0

Default

Same goes for me with the Cactus Juice. I have even used it now for casting punky bowl blanks. I just wish I had a larger vacuum chamber to do bigger bowls.

Dave

Sent from my-phone.
__________________
Dave in Ontario, Canada
Bellsy is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 07:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
Product Reviews Manager
 
wolftat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Trumbull, CT, USA.
Photos: 49

Default

2 months and still using Cactus Juice, this stuff is actually working well for me.
__________________
Support your local Devil Dog.
Conquering all obstacles, both large and small, I shall never quit. To quit, to surrender, to give up is to fail.
wolftat is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 07:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Saginaw, Texas
Posts: 638
Photos: 8

Default

I have stabilized about 4 or 5 dozen blanks with the Cactus Juice. Almost all turned out very good. Some woods just are not meant to be stabilized (HRB and Cocobolo) are the ones that did not turn out well for me. Cactus Juice has my vote for best product of the year for pen turners. Do I still buy stabilized wood blanks? Sure, sometimes, but most of the time I can stabilize some of my top shelf wood and not have to worry about what my next $6 blank will look like.
1dweeb is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 08:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 2,240
Photos: 0

Default

I have used up about 1/2 gallon of the juice and it is awesome stuff. About to orded another gallon.
Justturnin is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 08:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
Linarestribe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
Posts: 399
Photos: 0

Default

I had great penetration of color in both a corncob and some buckeye. I need to make it darker but worked great.
__________________
My ETSY shop Designed Turning
Linarestribe is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 09:03 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
Finatic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southington, CT 06489
Posts: 666
Photos: 0

Default

First failure with my system. I tried to stabilize a natural Loofa sponge.............. Nope, did not work. The sponge was just too porus and the juice had nothing to grab onto. Sponge would be great in a pressure pot.
__________________
"Only time will tell if it was time well spent" Jimmy Buffett
Finatic is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Houston, Tx
Posts: 2,240
Photos: 0

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Finatic View Post
First failure with my system. I tried to stabilize a natural Loofa sponge.............. Nope, did not work. The sponge was just too porus and the juice had nothing to grab onto. Sponge would be great in a pressure pot.
I had issues w/ Redwood, but Curtis told me I would but I had to try. I am thinking for the same reason, just too soft.
Justturnin is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:28 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2019 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy