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02-17-2017 12:48 AM

I see a lot of people asking about wood hardeners etc so I thought I wood pass along what I have recently experienced.

On the TurnTex website under Q&A, Curtis mentions that a person can soak a piece of wood in Cactus Juice (w/o the vacuum part) for about a week before cooking and it will still do a pretty good job of stabilizing it. Better than MinWax Wood Hardener.

Since I’ve tried the MinWax stuff with not so good results I thought I would give the Cactus Juice a try.

It worked pretty good. It definitely added a lot of weight to each piece anyway.

I ran each piece in the toaster oven at 220 degrees for overnight before soaking for 4 days. One thin piece 1/4” (not pictured) warped when I heated it so maybe a little thicker is better. I cooked them for 3 hours at 200 degrees after soaking.

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#1 posted 02-17-2017 01:15 AM

I’ve never stabilized any large pieces of green burl wood but I have used thinned out CA and allowed it to soak in good from all surfaces and cure for a day. Never had any problems with it Cooking, soaking for a week then cooking again sound like you need to go ahead and build a vacuum bag set up.

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#2 posted 02-17-2017 02:04 AM



I ve never stabilized any large pieces of green burl wood but I have used thinned out CA and allowed it to soak in good from all surfaces and cure for a day. Never had any problems with it Cooking, soaking for a week then cooking again sound like you need to go ahead and build a vacuum bag set up.

- papadan

What did you thin the CA glue with? Any problems with darkening the wood?

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#3 posted 02-17-2017 02:08 AM

I used DNA and had no problem or discoloration. Used wood for pen and watch turnings and accents on jewelry boxes along with some jewelry pieces

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#4 posted 02-17-2017 01:52 PM

Good information, may have to give it a try. I have used thinned lacquer and shellac in the past and had good results.

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 12:55 AM

One advantage is this stuff has no unpleasant odor and washes off hands with soap and water.

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#6 posted 02-18-2017 01:45 AM

I used a 4-1 mix of DNA to CA. It was thin enough to soak into the wood quickly and when the DNA evaporated the wood was saturated with the CA. Best applied outdoors and left out until dry due to fumes and flammability. But it works great, it’s cheap, and it’s fast.

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#7 posted 02-18-2017 01:59 AM

I was checking the cactus juice out on line. I really like the idea of no bad odor and washes off easily

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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