|Project by JR_Dog||posted 09-13-2013 05:39 PM||3407 views||12 times favorited||19 comments|
So I thought I’d post my first stabilizing project. This is Ancient Kauri (Carbon Dated back 40,000 – 50,000 years old – with authentication card). I stabilized it with Black Alumilite dye and Cactus Juice using my new vacuum chamber all purchased from Curtis Seebeck over at Turntex Woodworks – http://www.turntex.com I worked with him over the past month or so and this is what he created for me. It pulls full vacuum even with a less expensive HF vacuum pump…. takes less then 10 seconds to pull 29 inches of Mercury and it held strong for the hour to hour and 15min I had it under vacuum; until I saw no more bubbles of air evacuating the wood. After the Cactus Juice resin had occupied the previously air filled pours in the wood by getting sucked in (Or to be technical pushed in by Atmospheric Pressure after the vacuum was released) I then wrapped it in tin foil and baked it in my toaster oven at a bit above 200 degrees for an hour. After it cools down a bit I’ll shape it on the lathe and see how it comes out.
1. Turntex Vacuum Chamber
2. Turntex Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin
3. Alumilite Dye (Black)
4. HF 2.5 CFM Vacuum Pump
5. Ancient Kauri Hardwood
6. 1.25 hrs In Vacuum Chamber
7. 1 hr in Toaster Oven.
8. Regular Tin Foil
9. Inexpensive Toaster Oven from Amazon
Thank you Curtis for an excellent product!