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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 02-23-2021 08:32 PM 558 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Resin-infused Stabilized Wood!

I first became interested in wood stabilizing over three years ago because of pen turning. I got setup but never got around to it and my interest went more towards hand tool woodworking. Every now and then, I’d see some posts about stabilizing (pen turning or Blue Spruce mallets) and get interested again. Well… I did it!

The wood for the mallet head (maple baseball bat turning blank from Rocker) is dried and placed under vacuum (>25 inches of mercury). The air is pulled out and a liquid resin is pulled into the pores of the wood and then cured when baked at 194°F. The process increased the weight over 50%, as well as strengthened the structure (almost dent proof). I was especially excited when I drilled out the center and saw that the resin had soaked all the way through the blank. I still need to modify my setup since my vacuum chamber is not intended for wood stabilizing and also have a higher concentration of dye in the resin.

As far as the handle goes, it’s hard for me to throw away cutoffs. #woodhoarder (I even save other people’s cutoffs). I’ve been saving this beautiful Walnut cutoff for who knows how long and who knows what until now… mallet handle!

I rough turned the blanks, drilled them out to insert a 5” steel rod for added strength and a brass washer cause it’s shiny

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/





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John

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#1 posted 02-24-2021 04:50 PM

That is one good looking mallet! Sounds like it’s heavy. Is the rod glued in?

I keep a box of nice scraps too, they’ll go in a cutting board if I don’t find something else they are needed for.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Acts65Woodworks

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#2 posted 02-24-2021 08:41 PM



That is one good looking mallet! Sounds like it s heavy. Is the rod glued in?

I keep a box of nice scraps too, they ll go in a cutting board if I don t find something else they are needed for.

- John

Thanks! It comes out to be just about 13 ounces which is pretty solid for a smaller mallet. The rod is epoxied in for strength

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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#3 posted 02-25-2021 12:23 AM

Looks amazing. What resin did you use for that?

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Acts65Woodworks

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#4 posted 02-25-2021 04:08 AM



Looks amazing. What resin did you use for that?

- swirt


Thanks! It’s BVV Wood Stabilizing Resin, very similar to Cactus Juice stabilizing resin

-- Steven, California, https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/

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