This was my first order with TurnTex. It exceeded all expectations. More orders to follow. Thanks Curtis.
We visited with you at SWAT at Waco 2012 and found your product interesting and you were very informative so much that we decided to visit your shop and see first hand what all you were doing. Since receiving your product(s) we have been stabilizing many things of interest to what we do in our studio. I think your product has no limits. We have stabilized deer antler and colored them to our satisfaction. Colored deer antler pens look just great and add a feature to pens that few will ever see unless they use your products or buy pens from folks like us.
I'm on my second gallon of Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin...this is a SUPERB product that is within almost any budget. My budget is very limited but I will ALWAYS find a way to "get my Juice!!"
I turn a lot of limb wood, mainly spalted (and quite often very punky) Oak and Red Cedar limbs. Limb wood is extremely unstable wood with compressed AND relaxed growth rings, cut a piece and in a few days time it's splitting/cracking. In the past I had to literally chase the splits with CA or I would lose the piece...I've lost a lot of wood until now.
With many thanks to Curtis and his MesquiteMans Cactus Juice I am able to save the wood I find. I've even stabilized wood that was already cracking and the Cactus Juice stopped it from propagating. In fact I have NOT LOST ONE PIECE that has been stabilized with Cactus Juice!!
Besides, Curtis Seebeck is a very professional and pleasant man to do business with.
Thank You Curtis,
Absolutely stellar product! The workmanship is precise and the clean lines lend themselves to something that was manufactured at a European luxury car manufacturer. Very satisfied with my purchase, although I would recommend getting a size larger than what you initially think you need! The chamber is built like a little tank and the attached gauge an fittings are neat and professionally installed.
I'll purchase again in the near future.
I have been playing around with stabilizing knife scales for some time with minwax wood hardener and other types of sealers with less than favorable results. I just want to say that after one time of using your cactus juice I'm sold. You can really tell the difference just by the weight of the scales after they come out of the oven. I'm using a glass jar with a commercial rotary vain vacuum pump right now which limits me on the amount of scales (2 pair) I can stabilize at one time. I can't wait for the stabilization tank that I ordered from you. Another thing, I really appreciate your attitude of sharing knowledge. Thank you for the phone tutorial on moisture content yesterday.
Thanks again for everything, Allen Haney (custom knife maker)
I've bought 2 gallons of Cactus Juice from TurnTex and Love it! I work with a lot of old wood, so it is important to stabilize the pieces before drilling or turning them into pens. Before placing my first order Curtis spent a good amount of time with me on the phone helping me understand the process and what I would need. It has been both time and money well spent and I would not hesitate to recommend Cactus Juice.
I bought some of Curtis' Cactus Juice to do some stabilizing and had questions thru the process of trying it out on different and unusual materials. Curtis was very helpful and even offered to try out some of the material that I was looking to stabilize. It's suppliers like this that give that extra little service that make it easier and more pleasurable dealing with and will continue using his products as a consequence.
Turntex Cactus Juice is great stuff and Curtis always gets my orders turned around quickly. Thanks for offering such a great product.rnrn
great product would recommend it to anyone wishing to stabilize wood
Ordered 1/2 gallon Cactus Juice, shipping quick and professionally packaged, thanks.
The wait was well worth it! The quality - fit and finish exceeded my expectation. I've always enjoyed finely designed and finished tools--Curtis does things only one way--The Right Way. Hats off to him for filing a need and doing it with a level of quality you do not often see today.
After reading so many good things I thought I would give this stuff a try. I had some nice curly koa, buckeye burl and some other woods that were too soft for knife scales. My first try using this stuff and they were rock hard. Great penetration and very easy to use. My wife didnt even get mad when I was using it in the house, almost odorless!
Thank you for providing such a great product!
Hi all, i just received my second chamber from Curtis, It works like a charm, i do a lot of stabilized spalted maple, and i presently using some of the alumilite dye in the wood. Curtis has been great i know he has been wicked busy with orders,But if you have one ordered you will be really happy with the workmanship. I have made a few calls to Curtis with questions and he is always very helpful with answers. Thanks again Curtis This product has made it very nice for stabilizing your own wood, as opposed to sending it out and waiting and paying lots of shipping. Thanks Neil
I purchased the large unit and am very satisfied with the quality of the unit. The care taken in packaging the system and it's components is outstanding. The only negative I had is that the lid has to be pushed down to start when applying vacuum to set a good seal. I had a few anxious moments until I figured that out.
Being a one man shop, Curtis got slammed with orders at the time I ordered mine so the delivery time was longer than expected, but worth the wait. I wish the resin had more crack filling ability but that is the nature of the beast and the quality of the wood I am using. I found it is best to fill the cracks in the wood with CA prior to using the system to get a good solid blank. The system has allowed me to get usable pen blanks out of wood that otherwise would have been thrown away.
My comments: Richard, the lid should not have to be pushed down. It most likely warped a little due to humidity changes. If it does not get better, please let me know and I will send a replacement
Curtis my wife sent this to me since I'm the one using it. I asked for the Cactus Juice for Christmas as well as a toaster oven. My in-laws stopped by 2 days before Christmas on their way to South Texas and I opened the oven I received from them so needless to say it was a long 2 days waiting for the C.J. The stuff works great. I stabilized several pen blanks and so far all has turned out well. I have some Birch Burl that broke before stabilizing and I glued it back together with Titebond 3 and it stabilized with no problems and looks good after turning. Cactus Juice is a product that is easy to work with and does a great job. It is also a piece of cake to clean up. Thanks for all your help through your business Turn Tex and the IAP.
This is just my 2nd order of Cactus Juice but will never go back to my old stuff.
I even had a problem with some knife scales (not product related) and Curtis called me two times with tips and SOLUTIONS!
You will never go wrong here.
Thank you for this product. I have been looking for this for a while. A product that does what it say"s it will do. It has allowed me the freedom to do my own wood,my own way! I will be ordering more very soon. My order arrived quicker than I had expected. Go ahead & give yourself a pat on the back. I am very pleased with your product & your company. Thanks for everything! Bear Goode,owner Bearknives .
Service extraordinaire!!! Fast shipping, on in stock items. Quality products! Bends over backwards to answer questions and make use of the equipment and materials as easy as possible. Haven't had the opportunity to test the guarantee as nothing has failed! That's a GOOD thing. Top Shelf Operation!!!!!
The vacuum chamber arrived in well protected packaging. The quality of the workmanship was flawless. The instructional video on the website as well as the FAQ's were extremely helpful.
This is my first experience with stabilizing wood and since
the pieces I stabilize are at least 12" long my technique
had to change slightly. Once I got everything figured out
it went well and I am extremely please with the "Cactus Juice"
and will be placing another order soon. My next step is to
try dyeing. Curtis was very helpful and prompt on a few
questions I had.
Cactus Juice is a GREAT product, I didn't know how good "stabilized" wooden blanks could be. The service from Curtis is great also.
Great service. Orders arrive promptly. Use Cactus Juice to stabilized knife handles-product works very well. Wood looks and works great.
Shipping was quick, product was well packaged, and pricing was fair. I'll definitely do business with Curtis again!
Curtis,rn I want to say thank you for getting this to me in a timely manner. I love my new chamber and have already put it to good use. I will be using it a lot in the next few weeks, and know I will have nothing but great results. Again, thank you for such a fine product.rnrnRegards,rnrnSteven Willis
This was my third order for Cactus Juice in as many months. I am stabilizing spalted, punky oak limb wood...oak is very unstable unless it's kiln dried, limb wood is EXTREMELY unstable due to compressed and relaxed growth rings...IT WILL CRACK!! I have been using MesquiteMan's Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin for 3 months on bottle stopper sized pieces of the limb wood with EXCELLENT, AMAZING results!!!
If there are any small cracks that are present in the pieces the Cactus Juice stops them from propagating...period. I can turn the stabilized pieces next week, next month or next year and I will know that when I pull a piece out of the box to turn it will be as good as the day I took it out of the oven all because of Cactus Juice.
If you are skeptical about trying it, be a skeptic no more...buy at least a quart and try it...YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!
As usual, quick delivery and I love Cactus Juice! Allows me to stabilize experimental stuff without having to send it off and wait. Thanks Curtis!
Being so far from the product manufacturer and the distributor in the USA, I have found a great supplier of this Cactus Juice, Curtis @ Turn Tex.
I have had a enormous need to stabilize many of my woods Pen blanks), that are sold mostly on eBay and since I became aware of this product and its results through IAP forum, I knew I had found the solution for my soft woods.
From order #1 to now, the "solution" arrives (2 x gallons) and within 24 hours the bottles are empty so, I have been trying to keep ahead but that was impossible now I'm ordering double the order each time and I can clearly see the improvements Curtis has implemented to address some minor issues to do with international/long distance orders. Curtis has been very professional and keen in resolving even the minor issues, so that they never turn into big issues, all to do with packaging and leaking prevention and that he has been spot on in improving those issues.
As for the product itself, (Cactus Juice) it does exactly what is made to do and advertised, the results are great and very consistent, any failures will be operator error (as Curtis, says...!).
I only wish that most of my woods, wouldn't be as vicious to "drink" this stuff, they just love it, the empty bottles tell it all...!
Great product, professional supplier, what else can a person ask for...???
I had a rush stabilizing job for a fellow turner. Although I didn't ask, Curtis paid extra to get my Juice here in a hurry! Thanks buddy!!
Ordered more Cactus juice, best stabilizer I've found. I use it in Curtis' vacuum chambers and both work great, they make even the weakest punkiest wood hard as granite yet silky smooth to turn. As I said, best stuff I have found for use at home or in small shops. Fast shipping, lightning fast! As always, doing business with Curtis is a pleasure!
I ordered on of the small units to try out. So far, everything is working great. I've shown some of the finished wood to my knife maker friends and already have taken orders from them. Great product!
I am new to turning and ordered stabilized blanks from about 5 different sources I found online. They were all delivered the same week and when I unpacked them all, the difference between them was immediately obvious. Yours were the only ones with beautiful color, and a very even consistency to the wood. And they were actually rectangular with clean edges, clearly labeled, and nicely wrapped in plastic. Many of the others were bent, unlabeled, with blotchy chemical stuff all over them. Your blanks were by far the easiest to drill, turn and finish.
Thank you for putting your time and talent into creating a superior product!
I received my vacuum chamber and a gallon of “juice” three days ago and turned the first of my newly stabilized buckeye burl blanks last evening. What a difference over turning an unstabilized blank! They turned and finished beautifully! No more soaking with thin CA to make them hold together.
This is a great product! It took me longer to unpack it than to get it hooked up and start stabilizing my first batch of blanks. The fit and finish is exceptional as was the packing. Only two problems: 1) I didn’t order enough juice with the original order and 2) I didn’t buy a big enough toaster oven.
P.S. I discovered that lightly spraying the foil with Pam before wrapping the blanks makes pealing off the foil a snap.
I just received my first batch of "Cactus Juice" stabilizing resin. The order was processed efficiently and promptly. The stabilizing resin and several Alumilite dyes arrived in perfect condition and on time.
Now for the best part......... I just finished stabilizing, curing and finish turning my first pieces of Buckeye Burl and the results were just beautiful. This product works as advertised and was simple, and relatively safe to use when used according to directions.
The only disappointment was that I should have ordered a larger size since I can see all sorts of possibilities for coloring, and double dyeing! Now I need to get some more for the new ideas!
Mr Seebeck is a solid and trustworthy businessman and his info and tutorials are spot on!
The quality of these vacuum chambers is top notch. The attention to detail can be seen in the quality of the workmanship. Even the packaging was beyond my expectations. TurnTex is a first class operation!
I had the chamber connected to my vacuum pump within an hour, poured in some Cactus Juice, stabilize the included Texas Pecan pen blanks, cooked them in a toaster oven, let them cool down, and turned them. All I can say is I could not tell the difference between these stabilized blanks from the ones I buy that are professionally stabilized.
Curtis, Thanks for an affordable high quality product. I'll be back for more.
Brewed up my first batch of stabilized blanks today and have to give the whole experience a 10. Followed your advice on tutorial and every thing went according to plan and then some. Curtis, thanks for all your help and a great product. The vacuum pot is a work of art and performs like it. Will be ordering some dye and more juice soon as i finish this.
Great quality blanks, equipment, and cactus juice. I was just dabbling in pen turning until I ran across TurnTex - now I'm hooked. Learning to stabilize my own blanks has been such fun. While the process is straightforward and produces good quality blanks, Curtis has always been happy to answer any questions I have - and he stands behind his products as well. I also ordered some of the hybrid blanks Curtis makes - WOW - they turn wonderfully and look beautiful (not my turning, but his blank. Thank you!!!!
Thank you so much for making the extra effort to ensure that I received the stabilizing chamber in time for Christmas. Your attention to customer service is rare in today's business climate.
The extra efforts you put into taking the time to promptly process orders, promptly answer emails, and provide detailed information over the phone show your total dedication to top-notch customer service.
I look forward to doing business with you in the future.
I absolutely love every blank I have received from TurnTex!rnAnd now I am enjoying my new vacuum chamber.rnThanks!
I am new to pen turning. I am impressed with the quality of the Stabilizing Chamber and the extra mile Curtis went to explain the process to me. This is a company I plan to deal with for a very long time!
I ordered the Hobby Penmaker's Vacuum Chamber and found the quality to be superb. I am very happy with the quality and workmanship and the cactus juice works well too. I am a very satisfied customer.
Great product easy to use. would recommend to anyone! I use a lot of drift wood in my duck call production. The catus juice allows me to use the wood that would be tossed by anyone not use this stuff. hope to work with cutius for along time to come thanks again to the seebeck family
Great System, Got All My "Unturnable" Blanks Ready For Pens!
Going To Try Some Dyes Next. Thanks Again Curtis!
Vacuum box is better looking in real life than the picture in the site. Also it is bullet proof it is so well made. Way better to buy that try and make one anywhere close to how nice this is. I would say it it really a clear plastic jewelry box!
I ordered the smaller vacuum chamber, and though the order got off to a bumpy start (a few missed contact attempts led to some delays), when received it's truly a high quality piece. I have not stabilized anything with the cactus juice, but have used the chamber a number of times to assist in removing air bubbles from some clear acrylic molds that I was making. I have a number of pieces of drift wood from some local beaches that I will start playing with next (will need to be stabilized before turning).
Very happy with the chamber now that I have it!
My Cactus Juice resin arrived very quickly. I was very happy with the outcome I had using it to stabilize a set of knife scales. The resin didn't change the color of the snakewood I used it on and also delivered a very fine finish when sanded. Overall this product delivered everything as advertized and I'm very happy with the results.
Great supplier. Fast delivery. Great products!!!
110% satisfied and customer service beyond expectations! Curtis will make sure your satisfied with his products and information.
I really like the Texas Hybrid pen blanks. I only found out about them this year and have had very good success selling them at shows. I only put them in high end pens because they deserve it. The quality is great and delivery is always prompt. Thanks, Curt Norman from Omaha…
Cactus Juice continues to be an integral part of our knife manufacturing process. It gives our scales the stability we require and allows them to be polished to a high luster. And, thank you Curtis for your prompt considerate service. Your attention to detail and our ever growing needs is unsurpassed.
Very Honest and easy to do business with can't wait to see what else he will come up with. I bought the hobby stabilizing chamber and some Cactus Juice and I found it to be very well made.