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If you're on this page, then you obviously want to know how to stabilize wood. Maybe you want to get into the woodwork, or maybe you just don't want to spend so much. Why pay someone so much when you can do it yourself at a lower cost, right? Right.
Well, you're in luck because stabilizing wood is not too difficult. Learn exactly what you need to stabilize wood on your own, from what things to use and what steps to take.
I. The purpose and process of stabilizing woodThe main purpose of stabilizing wood is to make it stronger and more durable. It hardens the wood and prevents it from warping or moving. Stabilizing wood also prepares the wood for woodturning and finishing. Use it for something more such as a knife handle, pistol handle, or into a furniture piece or craft.
II. Things you will need:
- Protective gear such as gloves, goggles, mask and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
- Vacuum stabilization chamber (You can make your own chamber or buy one. Make sure it will safely hold a vacuum)
- Stabilizing resin
- Color dye
- Air compressor
- An oven that can reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit
- Aluminum foil
III. Steps on how to stabilize wood:
1. Prepare your wood blanks.Make sure they are dry, at least 10% or below in moisture content. Otherwise, the wood cannot stabilize properly. If you have a moisture meter, use it to check the moisture content.
2. Stabilize the blank
Curing the blank
Wrap your wood blanks individually in aluminum foil and place it in a 200 degree Fahrenheit pre-heated oven. A pen sized blank will take about 30 minutes to cure and larger pieces will take more time. Adjust the baking time accordingly while checking every couple of minutes if the resin is hard and crystallized. If it is still wet, then the curing process is not yet done. You can take it out of the oven when it the resin is hard and dry. After about 24-48 hours or resting in open air, the stabilizing process is complete and the wood is ready for use.
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Last update on 2019-06-25 at 03:17 PST - Details
Stabilizing wood isn’t as hard as you think. It is a meticulous process but it’s also interesting, rewarding and cost-saving. You don’t have to throw away small pieces because you can find a use for them. Do you have other questions, tips or comments about stabilizing wood? We’d love to hear them! Use the comment section below and we’ll respond as soon as we can.
Thomas is a Pro himself, who has been in the business of home renovation & construction, working with various tools. He used to be the owner of 2 local construction companies with over 18 years experience. His works also include writing inspiring Do IT Yourself Tips & Tricks.