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Stabilizing Wood

Discussion in 'Steel, Hardware, & Handle Material' started by Joelsund, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. Joelsund

    Joelsund Active Member

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    Was wondering if any of you guys do wood stabilizing for other people. I have a few pieces of burl that I found, and was wanting to get them stabilized. Here’s a few pieces. I think the more yellow one is maple, and the other is box elder.
     
  2. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Active Member

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    I home stabilize with cactus juice working on the thought that any stabilizing is better than none but I wouldn't be comfortable calling it stabilized wood. I only advertise stabilized wood on my knives if it was done professionally.

    If you want to try it yourself about $200 to $250 would get you a vaccum pump, gage and fittings and some cactus juice. I use a glass pasta jar for a chamber.
     
  3. Joelsund

    Joelsund Active Member

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    Yeah, I really should look into doing it myself. Just don’t know if I’d do it enough to justify the purchase. I’ve currently been coating my handles in multiple layers of epoxy resin. Works quite well as far as waterproofing.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Joel if you are in Winnipeg or nearby there are a couple of members of the Manitoba blacksmith group that stabilize wood.
    Facebook group in the link
     
  5. Joelsund

    Joelsund Active Member

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    Oh ok cool! Thank you for letting me know.
     
  6. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I used a brake line bleeder manual vacuum pump and pickle jar. Cactus Juice is pretty good and was the most expensive part of the operation. Prepare for Popeye forearms with this method.
     
  7. Joelsund

    Joelsund Active Member

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    I actually just saw your post on your site and bought a brake bleeder.
     

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