I ordered a quart of Cactus Juice of which I haven't tried yet, so I can't comment of that. But I can comment of the great customer service.
I received my order fast & it was well packed.
I will definitely buy from him again.
I am more than pleased with the blanks. I will be purchasing more in the near future. I am keeping watch on your inventory. Is it possible to get a notice out to me when new blanks become available?
Super Fast shipping and spot on order. Thanks Curtis!!!
I have purchased various pen blanks from Curtis for about 3 years now, and have been disappointed. His products are the best out there, of their type. Have had numerous conversations with Curtis, and his customer service is some of the best. Recently purchased a vacuum chamber and accessories, and am further impressed with the quality, fit and finish of it. Turntex is a great company to deal with.
Again, thank you very much for your quick ship while you are on vacation. The cactus juice sure works great on my maple burl wood. I have even tried dying some of this burl and it penetrates throughout the wood. Thank you for the order.
I don't generally write reviews, but since I have been so impressed with this outfit I decided to take the time to give my thoughts. I've ordered Cactus Juice from Curtis a couple of times now, and have been consistently impressed with both his product and shipping times. I've used a number home stabilization techniques and Cactus Juice is hands down the best home stabilizing product I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Beyond that shipping is always extremely fast, I can never believe just how quickly my order arrives. Thanks Curtis for all your hard work and for bringing such a wonderful product the realm of hobby use.
I haven't used it yet but I received my juice Thursday and I ordered it Wednesday crazy fast shipping. Also it is nice to receive a hand signed thank for ordering receipt. Can't wait to try it I haven't heard anything bad about your product.
Just wanted to say how impressed I am that a placed order is delivered the next day. That is why I like to do business with small, one man or family owned suppliers. They take care of business like I do because it's their livelihood. Kudo's to you and much appreciated !!
I have today recived my first shipment of Cactus juice. Looking forward to try it.
Flawless Victory. Everything I ordered worked as stated. Curtis was a pleasure to do business with and I will be back to purchase again and again. Thanks for the great service and products.
Thank you very much, for the quick shipping, and great product. It is the easiest and best way to stabelize wood blanks!
I pre ordered the vac chamber from Curtis and waited the 2 to 3 months for shipment. When i got it in the mail i was pleasantly surprised from the packaging which was pretty neat how everything was well protected from damage. The vac chamber was better than i thought it would be with its rounded edges and custom wood top. Thanks for the attention to detail and it was worth the wait.
As is usually the case with Curtis, he exceeded my expectations. The vacuum chamber is beautifully crafted, and it works perfectly. Curtis is always giving with advice when I have called, and is a credit to our craft. I hope he gets filthy rich, ...but he better make'em a little faster if that's going to happen. Thank you for restoring my faith in quality craftsmanship!
fast delevery on the last order. great stuff
Thanks so much Curtis for an incredible product. I was impressed by the quality of the tank. It works great too. The Cactus Juice is wonderful. Using it the first time I knew it was a great product. You can have a piece of wood that is falling apart and then vacuumed with the Juice and heated in toaster oven. You don't even need a finish, just sand to how ever shiny you want the finished product to be.
Well, so far I haven't "turned" anything that I've stabilized with Cactus Juice. I did run two batches thru (one clear, one with red dye) and they seemed to stabilize well. I'm using a 2 stage 5 CFM Rotary Vane Vac pump and a converted 2 gallon aluminum cooking pot I use as a "chamber". It pulls down to 29.5 inches so yeah, it sucks! (I live at 33' above sea level) I'll be gettin' back to you as soon as I get a chance to turn some of my blanks. I do have to say, I like how easy it is to clean-up everything afterwards, just rinse with water !!
Curtis is fantastic to deal with and his products are second to none. He just does not sell you the product and leave you to try to figure things out all on your own. He provides very informative videos and world class telephone and email support to get you going in the right direction. His responses have been very timely and very complete to any and all of my questions. Thanks to him and his products, I am producing the stabilized blanks I wanted to produce and they are coming out as good, or better than I hoped they would. For me, there is no other supplier to deal with when it comes to stabilizing my wood products. Thank you very much Curtis for your quality products and your excellent Support.
Busy Beaver Lumber, A division of F & K Designs
~~100%~~ All I can say is 100% , Turn Tex Woodworks and Curtis O. "MesquiteMan" Seebeck 100% . Products and the Man are 100% ! Buy a product, need help call him , 100%
Did I mention 100% ?
Recently purchased a pen chamber from TurnTex. An amazingly well put together vacuum chamber. I am quite impressed with the construction and it's ability to hold a vacuum. All others I have used are sub-par in comparison. As a side note - cactus juice is another top notch product. TurnTex will receive ALL my business for future stabilizing needs...
I am very satisfied with the equipment and the end result. Curtis is great to work with and will explain anything and everything you ask about.
Cactus Juice is awesome! I've been able to stabilize some pine that I've had for a special project that I haven't been able to turn without it blowing out. Now it turns as smooth as butter! Good stuff! My only regret is not ordering more.
I make custom pool cues and a few knives and use the catcus juice for various applications. Curtis provides excellent customer support and a good product. If you are a first time user or want to switch from your current method, I would highly recommend TurnTex products.
Thanks for a great transaction!! Wish we had more suppliers like you. I plan to buy one of your vacume tanks in the near future. Keep up the good work Larry Inman
I purchased my first 'sample' of Cactus Juice last February (2013). I bought a quart just to give it a try. I had been messin' about with all sorts of other approaches to impregnate reel seat blanks for use on custom bamboo fly rods and nothing was working. I've been a pretty serious amateur woodworker for quite some time so I've had experience with impregnation techniques such as PEG, Plexiglas/acetone, diluted PVA, etc and I was able to get each of these techniques to work to a certain extent. But they all had significant downsides associated with them. Curtis' Cactus Juice represents a substantial, and very welcome, improvement over all the other techniques I've ever tried. There's essentially no mess, you can take your time or do it quickly, and most importantly -- the stuff works, consistently good and predictable results.
I just ordered and received my second quart.
This was my first time to stabilize my on wood,this stuff works great.I would recommend Cactus juice to anyone,and the service is great,thanks again for all the help.
Very fast and prompt shipping.
Spoke with Turn-Tex on the phone for clarification on some stabilization points. He was great, willing to share and offer tips and suggestions.
I have not had a chance to use the cactus juice as yet as the temp chamber (pickle jar) was dropped and broken Saturday.
Looking forward with much anticipation for the arrival of my chamber.
Still searching for a good reasonable source for wood to stabilize......
I purchased the large tank, small insert and a gallon of juice. When the package arrived, I found it very well packed. No damage at all which was a good sign. When I ordered the equipment, I had expected good quality components as a result of reading the descriptions and looking at the pictures on the web site. I was very impressed with the quality of what I found when I unpacked my box. Everything is very professional and the quality exceeded my expectations. Great Job by TurnTex.
Now I just need to start using it to see the results of the juice.
Thanks for a great product,
Thanks for sending my order so fast.I could not be any happier with my vacuum chamber and cactus juice.I have stabilized several hundred blanks with no problems.Thanks for you good service & products.
Cactus Juice does just what he says. It allows me to do pens out of many of the woods I like best but are too soft to work with. The process is not difficult and the results are excellent. Dave
This is my third order of cactus juice. I love it. Thanks Curtis
Great products. Easy to use with very good results. All worked as promised. Really better than I expected. rnMade a vacuum chamber out of a large pickle jar and a brake bleeder pump. Will move up to a better chamber soon.rn
The cactus juice is great, I used it on a piece of antler today and you can really feel the difference. It when from a light dried up bone feel to a solid feeling material that feels good in the hand. Its very easy to use and works better than I anticipated. Thanks for a great product.
I am very happy with the product and service provided. The cactus juice works great stabilizing porous materials, I will be back to purchase more in the future. Thank you!
I recently got my order of Cactus Juice and had well over a dozen scales I wanted to infuse. Following the directions, I put 2 sets through the process. I didn't have the success I'd hoped for and went back and revisited the steps. As it turned out, I was only able to achieve 23 Hg and the directions clearly say 28 is the number to reach. I called Curtis and we spoke for around 45 minutes about how to get better results. Excellent customer service, in the process of taking advice to make the next round a success.
I recently received a stabilizing tank from Curtis, and I couldn't be happier!!! As soon as I started unpacking the parts,I could just see I purchased a top quality products. The millwork and machining are very clean. The parts all fit nicely, and are well thought out. I am very picky about things I buy, and as my wife tells me, I set my standards high. I honestly can't find a single thing to nit pick!! I almost don't want to use it, but I will!! The system will be used for stabilizing reel seat blanks for the bamboo fly rods I make. I have recently started making knives as well, so it looks like I will be stabilizing my knife scales with this tank. Curtis was also very helpful before and after the sale with very good sound advice in regards to the process and additional tooling such as vacuum pumps. I would not, and will not hesitate to purchase additional tanks and product from Turn Tex in the future. Turn Tex is on my list of "Go To" suppliers. In a nutshell.........very well done and professional!!
Curtis is great to do business with, he has a wealth of knowledge that he is more than willing to share. I have spoken to him numerous times both on the phone and thru email and he has helped me with every question that I have had. The workmanship in his vacuum chambers is fantastic mine works flawlessly. I look forward to doing more business with Turntex Woods. Thanks for all the help Curtis.rnRickey
The chamber appears to be everything advertised, very nice finished package and well constructed. I have yet to attach to a pump and try it out, and probably will not be able to for some time as this is coming to my busy time( no time for hobbys). I was dissapointed in the time it took to arrive and hope the function more than makes up for the wait.
Great professional business ethics, greatly appreciated for your honest and fast service Curtis.
Thank you Gaetano
I have placed several orders for Cactus Juice and pen blanks from Curtis and have never had any problems. Once at SWAT, I mentioned to him that on one of his hybrid pen blanks all of the wood turned away and he just said to pick another one at no cost because they are guaranteed. Doesn't get any better than that.
I bought the Hobby Pen makers chamber. As others have noted, and I'll confirm it's a work of art, excellent workmanship combined with top shelf materials.
So far I've stabilized blanks for duck and goose calls, pens, bottle stoppers, and even a small box blank. I've used it for dying while stabilizing too and that works okay, it's really dependent on the wood type and density. Do it in a plastic bag that you set inside of the chamber, it's much easier to clean up and store the tinted juice.
HINT = Buy more juice than you think you'll want so you don't have to take a break from the fun while you wait for the UPS truck.
I give the Chamber and Cactus juice ***** (5) stars.
I purchased the large chamber with the pen blank insert. The quality is outstanding, almost too nice to use! I haven't had a chance to to use the chamber yet, still looking for a pump Well worth the wait for a high quality handmade product. Curtis' pride shows in the construction, fit and finish. Thanks for the great product!
First of all, I am very satisfied with the stabilizing products, because it just plain WORKS. The process is explained very well on the web page & all you have to do is follow the directions for a great end result of your turning blanks for pens, or as in my case it is knife handles. I purchased the production size vacuum tank with the gauge, shut off valve, and the quick disconnect. The shut off valve controls the bubbles on inside of the tank when you start the process and is a must. I had some questions and concerns about the process and my wood, therefore I called Curtis and he more than answered all my questions plus gave me some advise how to prepare my wood to make sure that it was good and dry & would stabilize better, so listen WELL when you talk to him about your issues and take notes. You are talking to experience. By the way, I ordered some addition supply of "Cactus Juice" and the product shipped the same day. Curtis is definitely committed to complete customer satisfaction which showed in his words and deeds, and I just met the man over the phone. He will get all my business for his "Cactus Juice".
Shop with him with confidence...
Best Regards, Vit
We received our full size general purpose chamber in Feb and have been able to use it just a few times. All I can say is that we love the finished product. We have done Myrtlewood, Black Walnut, Maple Burl, Spalted Myrtlewood, Texas Red Cedar, Almond and a couple others. I just ordered our second batch of material and plan on putting it to good use. All of our contact with and service from Curtis have been first rate. Thank you Curtis for a great experience.
I am very pleased with the Cactus juice! Just finish some maple burl and it looks awesome! Haven't worked it yet but I know it is fully impregnated with resin. The blanks are much heavier than before stabilization and feel much harder to the touch.
No problems! So far learning my way around stabilizing. Have not done much yet but 1st batch clear with buckeye burl great. Reading up on site s as how to dye. Thanks for all your vids as well as The Bangle Guy. It saves me alot of time and money. DO have a question cause the more I read the more i get confused.Casting worthless wood. Stabilize 1st then resin, or resin then stabilize? One more if I may, mica powders where is good place to order. I have order in for alumilite, alumidust, also have some colors of pearl ex. AM I on the right track and do I still need mica powder? Wow last time i will ask that guy for feedback! Thanks you have an excellent product and great service. Mike Lundy
In this world of corporate fake promises and gimmicks, it's nice to know TurnTex (Mesquite Man), is one that still values good ole American values of honesty, integrity, customer service, etc. Curtis has spent long time on the phone with me to guide me with not only how to's but also business end of things.
I appreciate it Curtis.
Munawar "Manny" Soomro
Super! Super! product and service! I ordered the stabilizing machine with cactus juice and blue dye. I watched the video and then fired the bad puppy up and stabilized my first set of pen blanks to turn and place on Cigar Pens.
My wife said you have created a monster because I have been dragging home dead wood to stabilize and am having a blast. Talk about simple yet efficient and reliable. Wow with a 10 is all I can say.
I look forward to doing much more business with you in the very near future.
Thanks very much for your good work and reliable products.
Curtis personally follows thru on orders and provides an excellent product at a competitive price. Shipping costs are very reasonable and excellent job on packaging.
I purchased the TurnTex system one year ago. It was the call makers system for stabilizing larger blanks. Since my purchase I have stabilized about 75 blanks and have had no problems. Blanks come out as good as the blanks I have bought else where. I like the fact that I can just do a few blanks at a time in between making calls. It has dropped my cost 2/3rds over what I was paying others to do.