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!
I ordered my first gallon of Cactus Juice from Curtis recently. Product was received in a timely manner. This stuff is all that it's cracked up to be and more. I've used different products over the years to stabilize the scales for my knives, some bought and some home brew but nothing I've used in the past can even compare with Cactus Juice. I even ran some scales through the process that I had already stabilized with another product and was amazed at how much air was still in the scales. Guess I just thought they were stabilized before but now using the Cactus Juice I KNOW that they are. A great product and this definitely won't be my last order.
Thanks for a great product,
I have not had time to use the Cactus Juice I received from TurnTex as yet but I do want to congratulate Curtis on his very quick shipping and his concern with customer satisfaction. I learned about the product from a fellow knife maker who is very satisfied with his results. Feel free to try this product for your wood stabilizing as Curtis will quickly refund you money if it doesn't work. He has the best warranty in the business.
I have ordered a new vacuum pump so that we can do a proper job with the juice. The little air driven one that we were using wasn't up to the task. As soon as we get the new one we will do another batch or two and then I will give you a proper update on our experience's. So far we have enjoyed working with you and has been very much a pleasure.
Now we're just waiting again with high anticipation. It's funny watching two senior citizens acting like little kid's waiting for Christmas morning.
Thank you for making and delivering a great line of products. I love the vacuum chambers, the juice and dyes you sent. I used to wonder how people could make such beautifully stabilized scales. After watching your excellent video series, I purchased all necessary items from you and tried my hand at it. I was amazed at how well my first set of scales turned out! And as time goes by and I fine tune my process, the end results get better and better. Also, I can’t thank you enough for your outstanding customer service! You’ve come to my aid a few times and you always provide accurate instructions and are patient with me. rnrnAgain, thank you for providing the best products and service on the market. I greatly appreciate all you do to help me make truly custom knives! rnrnrn
I purchased a couple "juiced up" stabilized pen blanks and "Texas Hybrid" pecan blank. After an order snafu (that was resolved to my COMPLETE satisfaction via a short phone call with Curtis) the blanks arrived. Being a novice turner the little experience I had turning stabilized wood blanks prior was pretty disastrous but I was pleasantly surprised when I turned the first of these. My prior experience the stabilized blank turned like turning stone, i.e., was hard to turn. These blanks, while being harder to turn than just wood, were only moderately harder to turn which made it an enjoyable experience both in turning & finishing this product.
The "texas Hybrid" pen turned super easy and once I talk to an expert (that's you Curtis) on how to correctly finish this combo wood & acrylic pen I'll be adding a super gorgeous pen to my collection.
I haven't tried the product yet I'm still working getting a vacuum setup. Nonetheless what I can say is that doing business with Turn Tex was one of the best dealings I have ever had with a company. Living in Hawaii dealing with mainland companies is usually an interesting experience. What made the difference is personal service, but more than that a person the cares, really cares for his customers and the quality of service he provides.
In my 22 years of experience as a businessman in Hawaii, I can honestly say if you have a problem with this company YOU have a problem.
Honest and trustworthy beyond expectations.
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!!