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.
I just received my 3rd order of Cactus Juice, and as usual it arrived fast and safe. Thanks to CJ, I am now buying large slabs of wood and cutting my own knife scales. Some are dyed and stabilized, most just stabilized. All turn out great and I am saving a lot of money. I love reading comments on this page, just to find out what other people are using the CJ for. Thanks to Don L. in Texas, I now know that I can stabilize some of my beautiful stone found here on the farm. Will be trying that out this weekend.
Thanks Curtis, for all your help.
All was well handled (as expected). Will be back again when I need more cactus juice.
Thanks for the prompt responses.
Ken in Juneau
First I would like to thank you for all the help and info you gave me on the phone. It was greatly appreciated! I got a little worried when the Cocobolo did not cure right away. Secondly I think you have a great product in Cactus Juice, it seems to work as described. It also works great ! Which in this day and age there are a lot of things on line that do not deliver what they say they will. Your product not only delivers as stated, but your follow up help/service is fantastic ! There are not very many people out there that would go as far as you do to make sure a customer is happy. Along with giving info out freely!! You have taken a service that I am sure many people find not only expensive but a hassle and put it with in range. Thank you! Dan Burnette
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I've tried many others, but cactus juice is the best I have tried, it does everything you said even better. Thanks for the fast shipping and all the info on how to use it.
~~~A ROCK POLISHERS DREAM PRODUCT~~~
I am a lapidarist (rock jewelry maker) and slice, shape and polish some exotic, but all beautiful types rocks, that I get from all over the continent.
Curtis's Cactus Juice works wonderfully on stabilizing rocks of all types, and is the answer to working with any fragile or fractured or brittle rock/stones that otherwise would crumble/fracture into pieces when slicing them with my rock saw or grinding them into shapes to make jewelry.
Before meeting Curtis and using his Excellent Cactus Juice, with some type stones, I had to settle with making small pendants, etc., because some type rocks would fracture into pieces while slicing and grinding them.
Now that's never a problem~!
I Really like that it is a One Part resin, which means it can be reused repeatedly, when stored at cooler temps.
When the vacuum has pulled all the air out of the stone (yes, there is air inside rock) and replaced it with the resin, all that was not used in the process, can be reused, over and over again, until the product is gone. There is No waste, at all.
That makes Cactus Juice VERY Cost Effective~!!
It is clear in and on, the stone, and can even be very highly polished on it's own, if wanted.
The easy heat curing is fast, and does not need high heat to do it's work, and is done in a toaster oven typically.
Five star service! Looking forward to a long relationship.rnrnThanks Curtis.rnrn
Took a while to get my chamber, Curtis was swamped over the winter. However, the wait was worth it. Workmanship is top notch, fit and finish are worthy of a pen maker. I have run four batches so far, need to refine my technique some, but every blank is usable. My only comment is it would be nice if there some standoffs in the bottom of the chamber to keep the blanks elevated. I have been using popsicle sticks for this. Overall, a 4.0 grade. Well done.
My comments: I used to glue in some standoffs but stopped since it made the chamber harder to wash out. I recommend using bamboo skewers since these are cheap and can be removed to clean.
Since receiving my order of Cactus Juice I have stabilized 5 sets of box elder scales. The first set of scales I immediately place on one of my forged blades. The scales are beautiful and the Cactus Juice worked like a charm. Super product.
John Giannini (Lion of Judah Forge)
again Curtis, I am enjoying using the juice I just bought. I have some wood with worm holes I am planning to use just to see what it looks like in a call. I will plug the holes give them a shot with the c.j. Hopefully I will be able to send pics soon. Ray Finchum @ Wetdreamin' Game Calls (Duck and Goosedreamin' calls)
Hi Curtis, My name is Ray Finchum. I purchased the Cactus Juice several weeks ago and just had the opportunity to use it. I had some spalted Tamarind that I made a call from and used ca to finish, hoping it would seal some of the holes in the wood. I could put my finger over the exhaust and blow and it would sound like a whistle. Even with the ca I still had to seal holes. I also had some walnut with nice grain but each time I got right down to the last few cuts it blew up, literally. Wood everywhere. I used the cactus juice in a home made vacuum(pickle jar with a cheap brake bleeder). After about 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. I took it out and baked it at 250 for 1 hr.I thought it was ruined. Juice caked the outside and looked awful. When I turned it, the wood was beautiful and hard. No discoloration on either one and they turned like a dream. I am thoroughly impressed with the product and am going to try to order a v. chamber soon with more cactus juice. I have some punky box elder to condition and use so I am looking forward to using the dyes also. I will let you know how it works out and try to send pics. Thanks again. Ray Finchum
Very happy with the product works amazing easy to use just fellow the instructions
thanks greg graham
Ps ill be back for more...
Chamber is a little smaller than I thought but size is as specified. Very well constructed, clean lines and flawless seams. Visually appealing, if not for the hose attachment on the top, would appear to be a designer fish tank. All in all, a well constructed and beautiful product.
I thoroughly enjoy my chamber. Can't thank you enough for the replacement due to the fact that i wasn't man enough to read the directions and left the cactus juice store in the tank! Warning label on the tank is a good touch. I'll do better
Very fast service. Turn Tex has to be the world leader in being dedicated to the 100% satisfaction of ALL customers.
I found the willingness to share information very helpful. It also gave me confidence I will get the results I want with the Cactus Juice. Your service has been exceptional. rnThank you,rnScott K.
Great Product! Excellent Service, Fast, Delivery, Thank You Curtis.
I have not had a chance to use to cactus juice yet because I am still working on a vacuum chamber and pump but the juice got here in a timely manor and without problems
Great service and cactus juice is a great product.
I received my vacuum chamber after a bit of a wait, but the wait was well worth it. I've had some slightly punky spalted maple and spalted big leaf maple burl laying around my shop for years. I didn't want to throw it out because the color and grain in these woods would make exhibition grade pen blanks. I tried a couple of different stabilizing ideas that I had read about on the web with disappointing results. Then I found Curtis and his Cactus Juice. Cactus Juice and the TurnTex vacuum chamber lived up to, and exceeded, my expectations. The system is straight forward and Cactus Juice is easy to use. I expect to be able to make up my initial investment easily. It has definitely saved some spectacular wood in my shop. Thanks Curtis!
I am in the middle of curing my first knife scales. The Mesquite Man vacuum chamber is extremely well-built. Top notch. Fit and finish are excellent. Craftsmanship is alive and well in San Marcos.
It also works exactly as described without any drama (which is the way it ought to be).
Now the rest is up to me. Hope my skills are up to the job.
I placed my first order for a gallon of Cactus Juice on late Friday and you kept me informed of the steps you were taking with my order and by Monday evening it was delivered. What service, normally I wait five business days before receiving anything I order on line.
Great products and services.I enjoy working with Curtis.He spent 3hrs with me going over my vacuum chamber and gave me a lot of pointers:I look forward dealing with him in future.
Dear Curtis, Thank you for all your help on the phone with us answering our questions and for your helpful web site. We appreciate your fast response to our order and your attention to detail. The quality of your products is excellent. We enjoyed the craftsmanship and beauty that is evident in your photo gallery. Sincerely Yours, Joanna and Maryanna
Great stuff and quick shipping, this juice is awesome. I really like the way it finishes like real wood and not the plastic feel like the other junk on the market. The way it works on Spalted Maple is amazing. Thanks for your help and input, very helpful.
I'll be back,
Cactus Juice is superior to anything I have used in the past, making turning a pleasure rather then a project. This is my second order and I will order again as long as there is wood out there needing stabilization. Not only is this a superior product but the customer support is exceptional, Thanks Curtis for all your helpful advice.
I recently purchased a quart of Cactus Juice to see just how well it worked. The first thing I used it on was some spalted Tamarind, it worked just like it was suppose to !!! I then proceeded to try to stabilize anything I could find, which led me to the woods out back. I found the worst, most crumbly piece of wood I could. If you squeezed this stuff it would crumble. I carefully sawed it to a useable size and proceeded to stabilize it. When it came out of the oven it was hard as a rock. I drilled it and tried to make a call barrel from it. It was the most god awful looking thing (because of the large cracks in the wood), but it worked and I was even able to press on a brass band. I then decided to stabilize some antler I had laying around and it to worked perfectly. I must say that this stuff that Curtis sells is more than fantastic. It will do exactly what he says it will do !! I would recommend this to anyone working with spalted wood or anything porous that can handle 45 min at 200 degrees.. I loved it and will definitely be ordering more in the future..
This was mny frist order,and it will not be my last. It a pleasure to deal with a company like this one.
Fantastic product,Fast Shipping,Highly Recommended...Good Communication.
Great service on a great product. Cactus juice does a fine job.
Curtis has been very diligent in keeping me apprised of the status of my vacuum chamber and has filled my orders for Cactus Juice very quickly. The quality of the chamber and it's construction was beyond my expectations and should provide years of service. The Cactus Juice works as described and has been a life savor on some Buckeye Burl and Myrtle Burl that I am using for projects other than pens.
Thanks Curtis, for all the assistance!
I recently received my LARGE vacuum chamber from TurnTex Woodworks.
I did have to wait a while, which was fine with me. The status of the order was always communicated to me and I was always given the opportunity to obtain a refund. I never took the refund and patiently waited for my product to arrive.
When the order shipped I received communication about the shipping and tracking number. The package arrived in perfect condition and everything was packed to handle any 'mis-handling' by UPS. The craftsmanship of the large chamber; inner chamber and complete accessories are amazing. The lid for the container is also a beautiful piece of wood. I can tell everything is done with pride of ownership.
The video on how to use the chamber is great. He willingly offers assistance and as long as I buy the Cactus Juice from him; my warranty on the chamber is in full force forever. What an amazing world this would be if every company had customer service like TurnTex Woodworks.
I am a proud owner of the Large Stabilizing Chamber and will remain a customer of the fine products from TurnTex Woodworks.
This is the best stabalized wood I have used bar none. I will be purchasing more in the future. The service us great.
Quick shipping on 2nd order of cactus juice. Love the stuff and Curtis' availability to answer any question.
I was warned that it would take some time for my order to be prepared and that was accurate. The chamber arrived about a week ago and my report could not be more positive. The workmanship is perfect and the level of performance could not be higher. Quite frankly, I really feel that it would be a good value at twice the price. I purchased the largest chamber and a couple of gallons of the liquid.
I'm very happy with my TurnTex vacuum chamber and Cactus Juice.
Hi I just wanted to say thanks again Curtis for the fast ship time on my items. I enjoy stabilizing all my wood. Its so great to work with the wood after stabilizing it, also recently i have been adding some dyes to the cactus juice, and it works great the dye is vacuumed all the way through the wood. thanks again Neil
I recently ordered a 32oz bottle of Cactus Juice from Curtis and I was very pleased with his responsiveness. The order was processed quickly and when I asked a question via e-mail Curtis responded in a very timely manner. Very good service.
The important thing is that the stuff really works. A few months ago I rigged up a set of equipment to impregnate reel seat blanks for fly rods. I bought a used 1/6hp rocking piston GAST vacuum pump that will pull a 27inHg vacuum off of eBay, made some Delrin lids with O-ring seals to fit into the mouths of re purposed' pasta jars (I didn't have any pickle jars on hand at the time), and started to experiment. I tried PEG (polyethylene glycol), thinned PVA, plexiglas dissolved in acetone, all the standard agents. The plexiglas/acetone pretty much worked but it was a messy hassle and the acetone had undesirable side effects. Curtis' methacrylate was recommended on a bamboo fly rod forum, I tracked him down through the IAP, and placed an order. Over the past few days I've tried the juice with several species (punky spalted maple, holey Ramon root, buckeye burl, etc) and all my results have been very satisfactory. My impregnation/stabilization problems are now considered to be solved.
The only negative comment I can make is that the shipping costs are high. But that is pretty much becoming the nature of things.
My note: I only charge actual UPS negotiated rates shipping. The shipping on this order was high, probably due to location. My cart charged $17.01 and my actual shipping was $15.63. Retail rates would have been $16.43. As per my shipping policy, I have refunded $1.38 in excess shipping to Mr. Coles. Next time, I will know to use USPS for this location. I am committed to not wasting customer money on shipping any more than what I have to pay!