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Turntex Woodworks Cactus Juice

Discussion in 'Canadian Suppliers' started by John Noon, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Some good news today officially signed on as a Canadian Distributor for the Turntex product line.

    All prices have been adjusted downward and baring anymore political games they should remain steady for the next year.

    Will be getting in Cactus juice in 1/2 gallon and Quart sizes plus Alumilite Dyes
     
  2. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    John, i know cactus juice is for stabilizing material. But, do you need special equipment? Like some kind of pressure chamber thinga-ma-jig? Also, are there limits on what you can stabilize? I think it would be a blast to try some unique handle materials. I dunno, stabilized banana peel knife handles off the top of my head. Ok, that's a bad one but you see where I'm going with this. I have been using the same box of wood cutoffs i bought from a woodshow like 7 years ago for all my handles but I'm actually running out and would like to experiment some. I guess, what do i need to use it and what can I use it for - for the uninitiated. Sorry if that's too dumb a question - i did look it up but I know you've used it for seed pods and stuff like that so I'm curious to know how well it works.
     
  3. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    It works very well as all the air pockets or sap tubes get filled with plastic.

    you need:
    Vacuum chamber
    stabilizing resin
    toaster oven.

    Plus read everything on the turntex.com it covers all the important stuff you need to know before starting.

    I would get into it more but should have left ten minutes ago, can answer more questions tonight
     
  4. ToddR

    ToddR Putterer, Tinkerer, Waster of Time Staff Member

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    Can you list some of the different things you've used, my imagination is running wild but I dont know what's practical. Like, could I do a dog hair handle? Not that I would but im curious about the extent of possibilities.
     
  5. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Things that are essentially solid are best cast in liquid diamond
    Wood that is basically pulpy and no use to anyone can be made useable by stabilizing

    Seed pods , pine cones spalted woods are all good candidates

    Colored pencils are best cast only as the colored part melts easily

    Flowers when dried are best cast in a pressure pot
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    John,

    Do you know when the 1/2 gallon jugs will be available? I am sitting on some seasoned curly and burl maple that I would like to stabilize.

    Dan
     
  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I was waiting for someone to ask . Late next week if I order tomorrow.

    Getting in more liquid dyes as well
     
  8. IamSteve-O

    IamSteve-O New Member

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    Anybody ever had some of the cactus juice go bad on them? Any tips to keep it going longer? Website says you can extend it a bit by keeping it in the fridge but I don't wanna end up with a ton of waste if I buy too much.
     
  9. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Once activated heat is the Enemy so keeping the juice cool is important. Hot sheds or south facing windows have been known to set off the cure cycle or stabilizing near 85F with the hot pump nearby and poor air movement can cause the whole batch to go off in the vacuum chamber.
    When that happens you are not going to separate the chamber from the juice.
    Also hot vapor from the pump getting sucked back into the chamber can cause a cure to happen.

    I will be running a test on a batch that was activated two years ago but has always been in a sun free shelf
     
  10. IamSteve-O

    IamSteve-O New Member

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    Cool. Lemme know how that goes cuz it would probably take me that long to go through a jug of that stuff. Haha
     
  11. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I am getting in 1/2 gallon and could get quarts if needed.

    Also for the turntex dyes it is 2 ounce per gallon for best color
     
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  12. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Received my shipment of 1 gallon containers and no issue with trade war crap.

    From now on Shipping is free on the 1 gallon bottles
     
  13. Jester4t7

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    http://www.penturners.org/forum/f43/

    There’s a wealth of knowledge on the pen turners forum regarding stabilized wood, and cast pen blanks. A pen blank is essentially a narrow knife scale, so the process is identical. Some materials are better cast rather than stabilized.
     
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  14. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I have looked at some pens and they are pretty wild, Has me thinking of trying to make a stirrup in curly or spalted maple
     

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