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    Just unwrapped another batch out of the foil.


    I wiped it down a lot more than the first batch but still quite a bit of excess on the outside. Easily off with the belt sander.


    Threw in some pieces for pen blanks to see how the stuff spins.


    Starting to get a bit organized but really need to toss a bunch of stuff. Nice this time of year, not cold and only a bit warm. Nice.


    On first observation I don't see a lot of difference in the end result even though this vacuumed for like 6 hours bubbling the whole time and cooked for 3 plus. I'll know more when I work it some and see how the inside acts. Still isn't sealed and hence impervious to oil, water, etc. Does seem much harder and heavier so definitely benefits.

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    I don't see how this treatment could make wood impervious to oil and water. It will fill the pores through and through, but it would still have wood fiber. As far as I know, wood fiber must be coated with something to become impervious. The oil or water would not saturate into the pores like untreated wood though. Can a thin layer of cactus juice be applied to a finished product and then baked again?

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    Good thought on the coating and baking, not sure. I'm thinking it probably wouldn't work though as after it comes out of the foil, excess remains on the surface and it's kind of like plastic. It's like water to start with. I'll try a piece just for grins sometimes and see what it does.

    The epoxy based stabilized wood is completely impervious. You can weigh it down in water and it will take water but take it out and all the water will drain out. You can't stain or oil it as it won't penetrate. Different process, not sure how it's done, no doubt much more complicated and expensive than this.

    This should work fine for my purposes. As long as it doesn't end up brittle and prone to cracking which it doesn't seem to do so far.
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    I love to try it on a bowl, but it would take a pretty big vacuum pot and a toaster oven would never do for the baking. Not sure I would want to risk a mess in my oven.

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    They strongly discourage using the kitchen oven even if the wife is out of town. A bigger pot and a oven out in the shop would be nice. Course it would take a lot more Cactus Juice which is not cheap I found out. Thought I'd order another jug so I could try clear and another color. I'll have to save up for a bit.
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    I'll be more than happy to be the test dummy to test out your grips. I need to get the wife out shooting her Sig 238 and the .30-30 for the upcoming hunting season. Thank you very much!

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    The cactus juice is the cheapest part of the first batch. Looks to me like the first batch costs 4-5 hundred bucks.

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    True. Depends on the pump. My wife and daughter got me a really good pump which was where most of my apprehension came from, I didn't want to mess it up. Easily 500 to start.
    But being able to take really pretty otherwise unusable wood and make something with it is a pretty cool thing.

    I love the wood I get once in awhile from WSSI a stabilizing outfit. But at 30 to 50 bucks for a piece for one grip set, too pricey. Course one could get a lot of pieces for the 500 start price I guess.

    Sort of like paying 40 grand for a car that gets 25 miles to the gallon, buy a lot of gas for your paid off 10 mile per gallon model.
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    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

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    "If you are a warrior legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that JOCKO will not come today."

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    It's a hobby, so cost doesn't matter. Just try to justify the cost of all of your guns or the ammo you shoot up. There are no pockets in a coffin so you might as well enjoy it.

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    I'm taking all my guns with me, saving up for a crane to pick up the box.
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    Dad: Say something nice to your cousin Shirley
    Dietrich: For a fat girl you sure don't sweat much.
    Cue sound of Head slap.

    RIP Muggsy & TMan

    "If you are a warrior legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that JOCKO will not come today."

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