Rotten Wood to Brass Hammer Handle – Resin Stabilizing

Rotten Wood to Brass Hammer Handle - Resin Stabilizing
Resin stabilizing is a technique that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. It’s mostly used for turning blanks but since I don’t turn very often, I never would have had a good use for the blanks. Luckily my friend Dema makes these brass hammers with resin stabilized handles and he agreed to turn any blanks that I made into finished hammers.

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Rotten Wood to Brass Hammer Handle – Resin Stabilizing

16 replies on “Rotten Wood to Brass Hammer Handle – Resin Stabilizing”

  1. Super video. Your explanation on what you were doing and what was happening is by far the best I’ve seen on this topic. After viewing it I could easily try to do this myself. Once I’ve done more turning on my new lathe and have some cash for the equipment I just might give it a try. Thanks.

  2. Wow Matt….that turned out amazing!! What an interesting treatment to do to wood. This is one of the main examples of what you can learn on YouTube…who would have ever known you could take “punky” wood into a more solid piece of awesomeness!!!! I totally enjoyed this video and thank you very much!

  3. Matt – hopefully you'll read this. You need to run the vacuum pump continuously until all of the air is pulled out. If you just stop the pump and let it sit, you will not get all of the air out of the wood and therefore will not get maximum cactus juice penetration. Ask Curtis – the guy that makes the Cactus Juice. He's great at answering questions. Also look into getting one of his Oven Tamers fir your oven. You will get a more consistent temperature during the curing process which allows you to run the oven at a lower temp. That will result in less resin coming back out of the wood.

  4. Tried using CPES to stabilize some rotted pine beams, ended up disappointed with the result, did NOT penetrate well, only lasted a year or two. Of course, I didn't have a vacuum chamber – but it didn't say that was necessary, either. The stuff I tried was from The Rot Doctor, maybe this one is a better product?

    Question – why turn the wood on the lathe after infusing, wouldn't it be faster & waste less resin by infusing first?

  5. How could you turn anything. The lathe is a horizontal space to put things on. Have a great day.

  6. Two hands in air! Dema lives! Gorgeous hammer. The process is cool. Who knew cooking could be fun? ♥♥♥

  7. Would,it have worked faster if you drilled the hole before the epoxy infusion process?

  8. You've got me interested, I have some beautiful olive root, which is full of voids, and would make beautiful 'Whatever', the problem is the voids. now I need to calculate the costs and see if I can justify the chamber and resin. (sweet talk the wife). ;D

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