If I had the option I would build a test chamber that would both hold a vacuum and pressure. I would draw a vacuum on material submerged in resin and let it sit until I was fairly sure most of the air was removed from inside the material then I would release the vacuum and add pressure. I would let it sit under pressure (time to be determined) then I would cure. Because I do not have the fab skills to do that, Boss’ method currently works the best for me. I bet you a fat man eating a donut that way would work very well for home use.“Stuff like this” meaning high pressure systems, tanks, pumps and piping etc.. Not trying to be a know it all. I know little about stabilizing.
I didn’t see on the cactus juice site what kind of resin they’re using? Epoxy, polyester etc..
I am a industrial maintenance tech and could certainly build a high pressure chamber if I needed to. Work with stuff like this all the time. Just need more info....
Sometimes....? Lol.Sometimes "scientific curiosity" is a PITA.
Mike, are you SURE Cactus Juice is CA glue? "IF" I remember correctly It's a two part resin that requires heat to cure. It comes premixed in small qualities, but larger (over half gal) comes in 2 parts for mixing when used. If Cactus Juice is used properly with a good vacuum pot it will give 100% penetration and the finished block will sink in water, or at worse float even with water - just like the K&G blocks do. The BIG difference is K&G can stabilized wood that cactus juice won't even touch - like black walnut. As mentioned before, use a good open pore wood, hold under vacuum for several hours, then soak for several hours and you'll get pretty good results.
I would be very interested in seeing how this cleans up with water.So with what I’m reading about Cactus Juice it appears that it’s Methacrylate Esters or MMA. Even the front of the bottle says that. That MSDS says it’s not soluble in water... but the site says “water clean up” so I’m confused. I haven’t actually used it so does it actually wash off with water before it’s cured?
4000 psi is really easy to achieve using a hydraulic intensifier and a low psi pump. No volume needed really. Heck, you can buy a 4000 psi pressure washer for les than $1000.