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    Stabilizing tank

    This took a lot less time than thought.
    Tank is from Curtis Seebeck at Turntex. The suction part is a refrigerator compressor with a tube hooked to the suction side coupled to the tank inlet. It pulls 28 mmhg without a sweat. Compressor $40, tubing $4, brass connector Free because it was the last one at Lowes and the clerk got tired of looking for a price! The tank was made for me so I'm not including the price for that. You really smart guys can do this with a Mason jar. After stabilizing, the blanks need to be baked off to cure, so my wife found a toaster oven at Goodwill for $4...it works great although I hope to toast a bagel while my blanks are cooking. There is a large box of stuff in the shop that needs stabilizing so more pics when that happens. Thanks for looking!
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    thanhs for showing that Jim, I was wondering about a refer compressor for pulling a vacuum. Also I wonder if the pressure pot from a spray painting outfit would work for the vacuum tank....
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    Looks good Jim. Thanks for sharing.
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    Hey Don! Thanks Bernie!
    The idea resides with Curtis...a link on his website. I just followed the diagram barely! Once I looked at it, the solution really just smacked me in the face. I asked the guy I bought it from what the deal was and in a nutshell...
    There are 3 ports on a fridge compressor, vaccum to suck the freon thru the system, exaust to vent the suction and a fill port that has a valve stem. This is used to add freon. I covered the exhaust port with a couple layers of cheese cloth to keep stuff out. The suction port is connected to the tank. Seems like a sealed system since it's filled with oil. More pic's on request. The pressure pot is in transit...Tony is sending me one from Hawaii...right Tony?
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    Very cool, Jim. Looking forward to seeing the pens and stuff that come out of the stabilized blanks.
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    hey jim did you fry your eggs on top of the compressor i see you had a sprker laying next to it as though you had and then you forgot the pam to help with clean up.. and Don from whati have read that pressure pots do work.. but they are better for spraying finish and am looking to get one in good shape
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    I also asked you at IAP but I'll ask here to so others can see.
    What did you use for tubing?
    I have found that tubing softens after a while from the solvent fumes being pulled through it. I have to replace mine periodically. Would like to find a solvent resistant tubing.
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    Naive question here: what does this do, and how does it work?
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    Roger if ya take turning blanks and put them in the tank with a resin/poly solution and pull a vacuum it will cause the air to leaft the cells of the wood and the resin will replace it. It is especially effective on soft and punkey wood.
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    Pretty cool Jim. I've never seen a picture of the setup using the refrig thing before. Looks like fun. A pressure pot will work and there is a tutorial on IAP that shows how to set it up so you can use it for pressure or vacuum.
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