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Old 01-10-2017, 02:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Has anyone run two vacumn cycles on the same batch of wood using cactus juice? Just wondering if there would be any advantage as far as the wood retaining more of the juice.
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Yes. But it depends on what you are trying to accomplish if you need to or not.

If you are doing a 2 color stabilization, then you might try soaking (no vac) the wood in the lighter color for a day or two, then bake it, then sand of the outer crust, then put it under vac with the second color, then bake again.

If you are doing something like a corn cob that is really porous, then 2 cycles through may help.

If you are doing a normal piece of soft or punky wood, and only doing clear or one color, then 1 time through should be enough. If it isn't then you aren't pulling enough vacuum or the wood might not be a good one to stabilize (really hard or oily woods usually aren't the best for this process)-my opinion. Others will definitely differ.
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