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    Anyone ever try this technique ?

    I found this link and see that he uses acrylics and stabilized pen blanks. This might me a solution as I think once the wood is stabilized it would be safe for me to workwith so what think you guys who have worked with stabilized blanks
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    I've turned a number of stabilized wood pens, but I'm not really sure how they might affect someone with sensitivity to wood. Might be worth getting a stabilized blank to play around with to see how your body reacts.
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    I've never set up for pens but I do have the mandrel for bottle stoppers maybe I'll see if I can get some stabilized blanks for them and try a few.hmmmm Just a though cuzzz I have everything else (lathe, tools, band saw. grinder)

    It ain't furniture and it won't be saw dust making but at least its wood working of sorts.
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    Don, What kind of dust protection do you use? Is it a respiratory thing or a skin contact thing?
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    Shin contact Brent so far I haven't had any resiratory problems since I wear a mask.
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    Interesting. Tibbetts does some pretty impressive, complicated stuff, but I've never seen this.

    I wonder what it would take to soak the wood in resin or something else yourself? Might cut down on costs. Small amount of info here: http://www.ultrasealwoodstabiliser.com/

    http://www.cuecomponents.com/dippingtank.html

    "Note: We receive many requests from turners who want to stabilize their own woods much like the professional stabilizers who use the acrylics. We read where a wood turner used Resolute™ to successfully impregnate Buckeye Burl and some hardwoods. The turner stated, “Not quite as hard as an acrylic stabilizer but I like it. It produced a nice shine as I sanded up to 600 and applied a simple coat of beeswax and buffed in. I let it sit another hour rebuffed and applied 1 more coat of beeswax. I am very happy with this stabilizer as it penetrates all the way thru with ease on all the burls and hardwoods I tried. I will continue to use. By no means does it compare to commercial stabilization but it’s easy to work with and provides good results”.

    http://www.cuecomponents.com/nelsonite.html


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    Note: Our own Frank Fusco has been known to do a fair amount of stabilizing as well...

    @ Don, Dang, skin contact would be harde to counter act. I know my dad had a really bad reaction one time when he was sanding something in his basement. Put him in the emergency room.

    I really need to be more careful and remember to use my mask more often.
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    Don, corian is turned a lot too. Any countertop fabricators in the area. They should have lots of cutoffs for the taking. I can't remember who, but there is another member that does tons of stabilizing. Watermelon seeds, snake skin, pine cones the list goes on and on.
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    Don, I have no idea how stabilized wood will react with your allergies. It might be the answer, or not. But, if you send me your address I'll send you some stabilized pen blanks and, if I have some around, some suitable for bottle stoppers or whatever.
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    Tyvek suit, rubber gloves, total respiration and head covering. After you're done working, a romp through the lawn sprinklers for a rinse, strip and head for the shower.

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