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    Strange question re: stabilizing tobacco

    What would you use to stabilize tobacco?
    I just had a thought to turn a cigar pen using a cigar. I've never heard of anyone trying it. Neither have I ever heard any discussion of tobacco and reactions with any glues or finishes. I'm going to experiment with this but wanted to know if any of you have tried anything like this or know of any bad reactions I need to look out for. Told you it was strange. Still, maybe I've come up with the next $1,000,000 project. (Hmmm, I wonder if Rush Limbough would like one for about $75.00?)
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    Should have been clearer. I'm going to start with a cigar.
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    No idea how to do it but that is a cool idea, Doug!
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    Doug, I think I'd look into a casting resin and a pressure or vacuum pot. I think the pen turning forums will have a lot of info on resin casting, but I can't recall any of the appropriate URLs. Hopefully one of the pen turners here will chime in.
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    I thought of a vac pot, but I'm not going to buy one for this one project. Grea idea though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Miller View Post
    I thought of a vac pot, but I'm not going to buy one for this one project. Grea idea though.
    Make one from some 2" PVC pipe. Cap one end, and glue a threaded coupling on the other, then use a threaded plug, and a vacuum hose fitting. Easy and cheap enough for a one-time use. Throw it away when you're done, or even clean it out for re-use later.
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    There are several guys on the IAP that do castings... I've actually had the same thoughts as you, casting a cigar to make a cigar pen, but I don't do any casting, don't have any of the necessary equipment plus I am more or less cutting back on pen turning...
    Check with Jeff Taylor, Curtis Seebeck(The Mesquiteman), Ed4copies, The oklahoman or just look up casting and should find number of threads on casting.. There are lots more, just first names that came to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Make one from some 2" PVC pipe. Cap one end, and glue a threaded coupling on the other, then use a threaded plug, and a vacuum hose fitting. Easy and cheap enough for a one-time use. Throw it away when you're done, or even clean it out for re-use later.
    Great idea, Jim. However, I don't have a vacuum pump. Is there a way to draw vacuum with out a pump in this small vacuum chamber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Miller View Post
    Great idea, Jim. However, I don't have a vacuum pump. Is there a way to draw vacuum with out a pump in this small vacuum chamber?
    I've used my food saver vacuum sealer with bags to do small veneering projects. It has a hose attachment, don't know it it would pull enough vacuum for your situation, but something to consider.
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    A brake bleeder from your local Humvee dealer(Harbor Freight) should do the trick.

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