• JR Knifemaker
    So the idea of making my own stabilised wood is appealing greatly. Partly because stabilised wood is so expensive, but also because it means I can use lovely local woods.

    For those stabilising at home, what set ups you using? And can one get a home set up reasonably cheaply?

    Thanks all!
  • Rix Raven

    I dont have one yet, but these seems allright and fairly cheap. Floris postmes did a video on them on YT. Easy to find.
  • Neil Yeager
    I went through the list of what equipment Turntex (the cactus juice guy) recommends and compared a lot of prices, I came up with an initial investment of US$600 to $800 for the entire kit. Not including potentially a pressure pot for other treatment. I have sent quite a few out to commercial stabilizing companies and the average cost per scale has been US$5.50. So I think that is a fairly good representation of the return on investment. The other thing is the really extended lead time to send these out. I have have turnaround times in excess of 2 months from "professional" stabilizing companies. So for me it is going to be worth the investment.
  • JR Knifemaker
    I feel like it’s worth the investment too. There’s kits on amazon for about £120 mark but wonder about quality. I’m hoping someone on here is going to come up with an eBay seller who specialises! I don’t want to wait two months for pieces
    Anyone got good recipes? I know it’s been raised on podcast before I might ask again.
  • Chop Knives
    I bought from here: https://shopbvv.com/products/best-value-vacs-15-gallon-aluminum-vacuum-chamber-and-ve280-9cfm-2-stage-vacuum-pump-kit

    It works well. One thing to consider is your altitude as apparently that makes a difference to the amount of suck you get.
  • Jeff Kushen
    I bought this unit (single stage) as a starter and it works great! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071KZXVRR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I also bought a sheet of 3/4" thick plexi and built a new "lid" for a stock pot I bought at Sams Club that was quite a bit larger and also MUCH cheaper than any I could find online...https://www.samsclub.com/p/bakers-chefs-covered-stock-pot-16-qt/prod1260491?xid=plp_product_1_1 And a bead of black RTV silcone gasket on the rim works perfect to seal it!

    Also, I put epoxy over the rivets on the inside just to make sure it was air proof. And once vac is applied it will hold it with ZERO leaks as long as I want. Longest so far was 8 days...vac gauge didnt budge!
  • Rix Raven
    Forgot the link... :/
    Here it is..
  • JR Knifemaker
    did you buy from US Craig?

    Thats impressive Jeff but I fear I don’t have the ability or gumption!

    Thanks mate. Ideally there’s a UK supplier of something reasonable. I’ll keep searching
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