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Steps For Making Standard Stabilized Wood

By Paul Thomas


Wood-turners hold every scrap of these substances in their shops due to its scarcity and expensive nature. However, some of them throw away pieces that look too soft because they have no idea of how they can be turned. From the furniture industry, different commercialized planks that are stabilized are available whereby any carpenter can easily stabilize them hence saving costs of obtaining them. This article takes a look into the preparation of stabilized wood and its many advantages.

What is wood stabilization? This is a common question that carpenters and furniture dealers might want to know. The process involves taking different pieces of soft timber together and hardening them using commercial resins. These resins are useful in displacing available air in grain structure and ensuring that no moisture shall be present after the treatment.

How do you start stabilizing a blank? Blanks cannot be treated successfully if they are not completely dry. Any trace of moisture will contribute to resin resistance which might alter the outcome of the final product. As such, you have to ensure that all blanks that are about to be stabilized have moisture that is below 10%. Place the moist blanks on drying racks for a day or two until moisture goes down to the best levels.

The dried blanks will have minimal moisture level that does not go beyond ten percent. Prepare your processing kit and the resins before bringing them in. The kit comprises of the inner chamber, vacuum generator, a stainless steel pot and anti-float plate. The pots are filled with a mixture of resin whereby the dry pieces are inserted and left to boil until they are confirmed to be soaked.

For a complete stabilization and resin penetration, you should leave them to boil for not less than 30 minutes. After these minutes, you can carefully open the pot while wearing protective gears to prevent burns from the high moisture. A good indicator that blanks have been soaked completely will be their non-presence at the top of your mixture. The process can be repeated if you find them flowing on top. Cleaning the pots is a must to avoid gumming of the materials on its sides.

Having filled all the blanks with sufficient resins, you need to cure them. Each blank needs to be wrapped with an aluminum foil individually. Take the wrapped blanks into an oven that will heat them to a level of 200 degrees. Although a kitchen oven can provide the required heat, it is vital that you use a toaster. A thermometer can be used in checking for accurate temperature levels.

Carpenters and other woodwork professionals may not prefer this method from lack of enough capital. Several mechanisms of stabilizing timber exist and you can use any that seems easy and cheaper to you. For instance, a wood hardener is used in stabilizing blanks where after sanding it, you apply the substance using a brush.

Furniture buyers understand the difficulties that carpenters go through when looking for timber and have no problem paying the hefty sums to obtain a single piece of furniture. As such, all carpenters must use the best mechanisms of getting stabilized timber. The above guide will be instrumental in the production of quality timber products.




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