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Old 09-20-2017, 08:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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A length of 6" pvc pipe would make a cheap vacuum chamber and you could fill the void area with something so you won't need an enormous amount of cactus juice.

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Old 09-20-2017, 10:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i think thats what i'm gonna do. i did a little research on schedule 40 pvc and it's pricey in large diameters but it should work fine.
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Old 10-21-2017, 11:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Finally got around to experimenting with planing a stabilized board. I baked 3 boards while clamped to minimize any distortion and then let them cool while still in the clamps. In short, milling was no problem-there was no funny behavior of the wood or performance of the machines. I didn't notice much if any difference running them thru the jointer, planer (at 1/32" passes), or table saw. It stands to reason that doing this would dull the blades quicker though. My tools have spiral cutter heads with carbide inserts so dulling wouldn't be as much of an issue but it's not something I will be doing a lot of anyway but is good to know that this is a possibility for the kind of work I do.
Some before and after pics of one of the boards: I didnt plane this one down to remove every last imperfection as this was mostly an exeriment.
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Old 10-22-2017, 09:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I dont know why the stabilizing solution would have a negative reaction on your cutting tools? As long as there isnt any grit mixed in the equation, especially if everything you have is carbide tipped.
As far those two boards that have splits. Use a butterfly inlay joint across the split to keep it from splitting anymore. Complete your planing before setting the inlay.
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:19 AM   #15 (permalink)
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i figured the cured cactus juice would be harder or more dense than the wood and therefore wear the cutters quicker. i guess that's not necessarily true and it may be that it's actually less wear on the cutting surfaces. the chips ccoming out of the machines seemed the same as unstabilized wood but there did seem to be more sawdust generated than usual.
concerning the split (thats the same board in all the pics) i was thinking the cactus juice would prevent more splitting. in any case, i'd fill the voids with clear epoxy.
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