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Forum topic by SawMueller posted 04-09-2017 02:47 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2017 02:47 AM

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As the pictures show, I have some gorgeous wild olive wood in desperate need of stabilization before it can be used.

The 3rd picture (darker color) is a thin piece I’ve soaked in minwax wood hardener. The results were less than inspiring, as the wood is still quite soft and flexible.

Please help me give this beautiful wood a chance at becoming a project!

Sizes of the pieces range from 2×4x2 all the way up to 8”-10” diameter x 14” tall.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#1 posted 04-10-2017 09:03 PM

Use a clear quickset epoxy.

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#2 posted 04-10-2017 09:08 PM

Minwax® High Performance Wood Hardener is a quick drying liquid formulated to strengthen and reinforce decayed or rotting wood.
I will not work to strengthen regular soft wood.

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#3 posted 04-10-2017 09:58 PM

I bought some cactus juice, a vacuum pot, and a toaster oven, so I’ll be trying to impregnate the wood with resin soon.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 12:30 AM

Went through the cactus juice process on a piece about 6×4x5/8. I haven’t sanded it yet and my cut got a bit squirrely when some of the resin on the outside got hung up on the rip guides I was using, but still seems to have worked at least fairly well.

Just sprayed a bit of mineral spirits on it to get a feel for how the colors changed.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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