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Looks like you are having fun experimenting in the shop Dave. Looks good. Recently I've been experimenting how to trim the tree without doing anything but I'm not getting anywhere. Think I'll go to the shop.
 

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interesting turning Dave - what does stabilized mean
 

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Thanks, Dave! Good luck with your experiments!

Stabilized wood is soaked in an acrylic resin, then baked to set the resin, Dick. Again, not entirely happy with it, but my sweetie thinks it's cute, and should be shinier. So maybe I'll head back to the shop and shellac it.
 

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Nice work Dave. Some folks do the stabilization in a vacuum pot where the vacuum pulls the resin into the pores of the wood. We had a place here that did that and the girl that ran it pulled epoxy through a banksia pod for me but she used pink epoxy and I never made a project out of it yet.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Good looking vase Dave, some good color. I would have to agree, needs have more shine.
 

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Nice miniature vase, and any time the recipient is happy it's great.
 

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Thanks, Jim! Yeah, I used a vacuum pot, which pulls the air out of the wood, and then when you let the pressure back in, pushes the resin into the voids left by the air. I've got all the equipment and a gallon of resin, but haven't set it back up since moving from Minnesota (almost 3 years now). One more thing on the todo list.

Thanks, Eric! Seems to be the consensus.

Thanks, Tom! Yep. Though she's not sure if this is a keeper or one I offer for sale. We'll see what she thinks after I shine it up, I guess.
 

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Looks like a fun experiment. The texturing and color is interesting.
 

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Thanks, Swirt! I might end up fiddling with it some more when I go to shine it up. We'll see.
 

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wild man !
 
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