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How is it done?

The outside pieces of wood are sacrificial. In other words they are not required for the finished design but are essential in forming it.

Finished !
Photos curtesy of Peter McDowell

'Stingray' by Nick Hopkins

Len Newman was asked to make an urn. A very special urn.

First a bit of preparation required.

The finished result - a unique urn.

How to Stabilise Wood

In the pictures below you can see Malcolm McDonald instructing members on how to stabilize wood using a stabilizing resin called
 'Cactus Juice' .
This is a method he uses on his pen blanks.

Before he began Malcolm explained that there are 3 steps. None can be missed or rushed.

First step, removing the moisture from the pen blanks using a toaster oven. This takes 1 - 2 hours at 110 deg Celsius.

Second step, adding the 'Cactus Juice' till it covers the wood in a special vacuum container.

Removing the air using a two stage vacuum pump. This can take 24 hours!

The last step requires drying the wood once again in the toaster oven.

The question was asked 'What are the advantages of doing this?'
Answer :the process prevents expansion and contraction, that is cracking and shrinking away from the edge.As well as this it prevents tear out when turning up to the edge of the brass tube.
The epoxy fills the pores and results in a much better finish after sanding and it does not affect the turning tools at all.
Malcolm considers this process worth while even though it may take several days.

Updated : 2nd April  2017