I will be out of the shop starting Monday, December 9 and will return on Tuesday, December 17. I know this is a terrible time to be unavailable but my extended family is gong on a group vacation and family should always come first! (still trying to learn that lesson!). I will not have internet access or telephone service while away. Any in-stock items ordered through noon on Sunday, December 8 will be packed and prepared for UPS pickup on Monday. I will resume shipping on Tuesday, December 17th when I return. I am really sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and apreciate your understanding and your business!
I make knives. I often use wood in building handles. I have lots of beautiful figured wood that is not stabilized, but am reluctant to use it. A knife, while a beautiful object, is first and foremost a tool that needs to hold up under tough conditions without the handle denting,cracking or splitting. Before shipping my material out to a wood stabilizing company, I thought I'd give cactus juice a try. I'm glad I did. I'm very impressed so far, and have seen vast improvements in the weight and density of the cactus juice treated wood over the untreated wood. I think this may be a great low cost solution to providing excellent quality to my customers, while allowing me design flexibility. Thanks!
After watching Curtis' videos and reading all the info I could find regarding the "Cactus Juice" process I ordered the large chamber and supplies. I am well pleased with the process and the end result. Also you would have to look a long time to find someone as nice to do business with as Curtis. So far I have stabilized some camel bone and Hackberry wood. I found a dead tree that I figured was to close to rotten to even think about using.
After treating with cactus juice it is as solid as new wood. I am well pleased with the whole set-up.
Great Customer service. Both orders shipped the following day after I ordered it. The dye has been fun to play with and the Cactus Juice works really well. At this rate I will have every piece of wood I own stabilized within a couple of weeks.
I produce wood turned art and collect the raw logs for my work. In the process some of the wood is aged to get the great spalting affect. Needless to say some of the wood is lost because it gets punky and almost impossible to turn, even though it is beautiful. I found "Cactus Juice" stabilizer on the internet at turntex.com along with the equipment to stabilize that punk wood. In my research it appeared to be the best solution to my problem. I ordered 1 gal. of juice and the large vacuum unit. Curtis was great to get it out to me quickly so I could salvage the beautiful punk wood. Well I couldn't be more pleased. Just finished my first piece using "Cactus Juice" and WOW. It allowed me to turn that punk wood like butter, easy to finish and with walls of of 1/8" thick. Virtually impossible before. I am a fan of not only the "Cactus Juice" but the quality of the vacuum chamber is on spot. Excellent job Curtis!!! "Cactus Juice" is a permanent part of my product line. Nathan
I purchased a gallon of Cactus Juice. They product arrived fast and well packed therefore in perfect condition. With all the instructions and videos available on turntex.com it was easy to use and worked exactly as expected. I will be buying more and using this product in the future. Thank you.
Received vacuum chamber and cactus juice was well package no damage. Easy set up and i am completely satisfied and will be ordering some more cactus juice soon. Just stabilized some punky spalted maple and will be turning it soon.rnrnTim
Great doing business with turnTex awsome products and fast delievery they defenitly have all my stabilizing businessrnTHANK YOU TurnTex
The cactus juice works great. I am still learning the process, but can't wait to do more. The product and Curtis' help and service is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do their own wood stabilizing.
Thanks for your quick response on my first order of Cactus Juice. Also, I appreciate your helpful tips during our phone conversation. Attached is a picture showing my first two calls that were stabilized using your product. The blue one is spalted white oak dyed blue and the second one is black cherry stabilized with clear juice. The dyeing is going to open up a whole new dimension to my call making hobby!
I am in the process of going through my 2nd gallon of Cactus Juice. I have found Curtis to be an eager help in helping me to troubleshoot some of my issues. The problems I have encountered are related to me and not the product. Curtis has helped point me in the proper direction for quality tools. Stabilizing in the small shop is also a skill to be learned. Curtis helps make that learning process go a little smoother.
I have worked with several products before I tried Cactus Juice, now it is all I use. A great product!
We have been very happy with the catus juice. We keep on
experimenting with it and have some very neat ideals. Curtis
has always answered any questions we have, and we are really happy with the shipping time frame. Can't wait to really be able to try doing more with his products. And the large chamber is great.
Excellent Product and Excellent Service
Love my Cactus juice and my JuiceSaver Pen Blank Insert, all was packed very well when it got here (and got here fast too).
The tutorials on this site is all I needed and now I'm on my way, I have been saving wood that was too soft to turn, made my first pen yesterday
and wow that spalted pecan made it worth all the extra work to stabilizing them.
I first learned about Curtis when someone gave me on of his blanks, and it still might be the best pen in my "show case" and I have made more than 500 pens....all is good
Cactus Juice , I love this stuff
I Purchased a Hobby Knife Maker's Vacuum Chamber Complete with Vacuum Gauge , Vacuum breaker system and a 1/2 Gallon of Mesquite Man's Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin
I have talked to Curtis several times over the phone to discuss how to get various results using MesquiteMan's Cactus Juice and have been more than satisfied with the results.
This systems allows me to add my own personal touch to my knife blanks. I can use Alumilite dye in the Cactus Juice and get great penetration into the wood.
The best product, service and support anywhere.
Curtis is a serious and honest seller. Excellent communication, very fast and safe shipping . Also very willing to help customers with tips and help. I would recommend to anyone. It's always a pleasure to deal with you Curtis!
Curtis is a serious and honest seller. Excellent communication, very fast and safe shipping and just as described! Also very willing to help customers with tips and help. I would recommend to anyone. Thanks, will be back!.rnMartin
I bought a quart of Cactus Juice to try out on some really punky, spalted red elm that I had from a neighbor's tree. I couldn't be more pleased with the results. My first few attempts at turning these blanks untreated resulted in total failure. Even with surgery sharp tools and patience, they just disintegrated. I didn't want to use the 60 grit gouge to shape my pens so I decided to try stabilizing. Even with my cobbled together HF vacuum rig, the resin penetrated to the core. Once cooked in the toaster oven they came out rock solid. This stuff is tough when cured. I did do a lot more sharpening than normal. I have turned Corian, and this seemed to be just a little less tough than that, but not "chippy" like Corian can be. I'll definitely buy more in the future. Wood that would have gone in the burn bucket now gets set aside for the next batch.
Really pleased with the service provided by TurnTex! Great products, reasonable prices, and customer service that is second to none! I'll be buying more!
I have talked to Curtis several times over the phone to discuss how to get various results using his cactus juice and have been more than satisfied with the results. His vacuum chamber arrived earlier than anticipated and included a nifty little plus to get me started. I love the chamber and will be using it to stabilize a lot of the wood I am using in my business. when building the chamber, he had forgotten to add the vacuum gauge and shipped it out the very next day. His response time for clarifications, answers, and problem solving is quick and honest. He does a great service to the business we are in. I will be purchasing many gallons of juice from him, as well as his blanks.
Thank you Curtis for your wonderful sense of business ethics. It is very refreshing in a world where many businesses would rather rip us off.
Awsome service Curt thank you.
The best product, service and support anywhere. It's always a pleasure to deal with you Curtis!
It doesnt matter what you get from Curtis. It will be outstanding and will make an exceptionally beautiful pen.
It's always great to do business with Curtis. I wanted to start adding color to some of the pieces that I'm doing in the chamber with Cactus Juice. Curtis walked me through the entire process and is always only a phone call away.
I've been a customer now for about 3 years and every transaction has always been first class. Also, I can't believe his policy on Pen Blanks! Who has never cut one too short and name another company who will help you make up for YOUR BAD.
Thanks for the blanks, Curtis. Great work as always.
Sorry about the feedback delay. I've been out of town a few days.
Got my order and everything was great. I talked to Curtis a couple of times and he answered all my questions. I have no doubts that I'll probably be calling him again. Thanks Curtis for being such a big help.
I have both the Cactus Juice and the Vacuum Chamber for pen turners. Both are just great! This systems allows me to add my own personal touch to my pen blanks. You can dye in it and get great penetration into the wood so you get really interesting effects. The Cactus Juice does not smell bad at all so you are not gagging all the time that you are working or worse yet getting light headed! I would absolutely recommend this product it has added a new dimension to my pen turning allowing me to turn woods that are otherwise way too soft for turning!
Awesome product this is the third time I have ordered from Curtis and I will be ordering from turn-tex for a long time to come thanks again
I make custom duck calls from cocobolo, bocote, walnut, hard maple and figured basswood. I also use non CITES ivory wood and ebony in some of the appointments. Some of these woods must be stabilized and all of them have some commonality with respect to finishes. The result is a fine duck call you wouldn't be ashamed to take to the field because it can take the wet environment. The ducks respond especially well as the calls have a very mellow low end for the feeding call and a shy duck caller can get the thing to work a bit better than an acrylic. It became very important to get consistent results from the stabilization process and Curtis has been more than helpful in supporting my endeavors. We're sharing some commonality to our respective enterprises--were I to find someone who could regularly sell calls for me, I could maybe afford to buy the sort of health insurance that would fund a hip replacement. Curtis has been most helpful in referrals to other folks who can support my need for services and information and for that I couldn't ask for a better vendor. He backs his product unconditionally, without excuses. When's the last time you ever experienced that?
I absolutely love this stuff! It absolutely helps me to create stunning pens that would not be possible without proper stabilization. My customers love the pens that I create with my stabilized blanks. I have also recently begun to stabilize wood for some other local wood turners and sell some of my blanks to them as well. This stuff is great and well worth the money. Just ordered 4 gallons and had it in no time. I'll be ordering more real soon I'm sure.
Thanks a lot Curtis!
When I received my cactus pen blank I knew I was going to enjoy turning it. The blank was easy to turn. There were a couple of pin holes as Curtis said there might be in his tips and instructions on turning the blank. They filled in nicely with CA as he instructed. I contacted Curtis to ask him for some finishing tips and he was very helpful! My pen turned out amazing, and everyone is asking me to make them one. Can't wait to buy more blanks when they are available.
Looked a long time for a good stabilizing system. Using a Harbor Freight paint pot and Cactus Juice makes some of the best knife handles. No finish needed just buff thru 3 steps on buffing wheels and you have a great non cracking handle. Great stuff Curtis.
Tried variety of wood stabilizing without good results until I purchased the vacuum chamber from TurnTex. The chamber is well built and the ease of use was great. Best thing is Curtis is willing to help you be successful with great tips from the beginning.I can tell he has taken his time to built a quality product for the consumer. I would not hesitate to purchase more chambers from him or any product for that matter. The cactus juice is also a great product to use and works fantastic. I am new to stabilizing wood,but his juice is a must if you want to stabilize punky woods and have success.I would recommend all of his products and will continue to do business with TurnTex as long as I'm stabilizing wood and custom building knives.
I am a new customer for Curtis and Turntex. Following International delivery of product, I contacted Curtis with a couple questions and problems I was wrestling with. His concern, attention to detail and rapid solution offered is a credit to him. I wholeheartedly recommend this business
Thanks so much for the quality products that you produce I couldn't be happier with the vacuum chamber that I received. This gives my projects endless possibilities and let's me make blanks that I couldn't have afforded before. As a matter of fact, the chamber is full of blanks and cactus juice right now!!!
It was well worth the wait to receive this chamber and thanks for keeping me informed on the status of my order all the way till I received it.
Awesome service - my knife chamber showed up today and I have to say that it's everything that I expected. I'm very happy with the quality and service I received from Curtis and everyone at TurnTex and would highly recommend them to everyone.
Thanks so much Curtis for the great service. Love the new chamber. Rick
Want to thank Curtis on all the great service. Awesome Products. Rick
I received my order in the timeframe which was provided at the time of the order. The packaging was excellent and everything arrived in great condition with the exception of the juice. Unfortunately due to the excess heat the bottle had setup. I contacted Curtis and he apologized profusely, even though he cannot control the weather. He promptly shipped out a new bottle, as well as answering my questions in a professional and courteous manner. I would not hesitate to do business with Turn Tex Woodworks and Curtis again in the future. Small businesses are what make this country great and Turn Tex Woodworks is a shining example of a wonderful small business. I highly encourage anyone who is considering ordering a stabilizing chamber to do so. Help out your fellow community members and support small, local businesses when you can.
We have completed our testing of "Cactus Juice" on our knife scales and recently advanced the process to production. Your product has performed remarkably well on a variety of hardwood species. The finished products polish beautifully and the wood remains stable under a broad range of conditions. We have tried a variety of other wood stabilizers and yours is far and away the best. We are very pleased.
As always, we appreciate your personal attention to our orders and your concern for what we need. You have been a great help in making this venture a success. Thanks,
R Murphy Knives
I purchased the large production chamber and a half gallon of resin. The vacuum chamber far exceeded my expectations. Curtis is spot on with his information and advice. Love to read all of his postings on the tho duck call forum. thanks again, Jonathan Hartill
P.S. I should have bought more resin.
Ive been getting my cactus juice from Curtis for over a year now and couldn't be more pleased with the service, shipping and the quality of the products. I have used several different products to stabilize my knife handles and Cactus juice is the best. I also have one of his tanks and the craftsmanship is perfect!
Chambers Custom Knives, Ronny Chambers
I just received my order of Cactus Juice. I couldn't be happier with the service I received. I haven't had a chance to use the product yet but with all the other reviews and recommendations, I have no doubt that it will be top notch.
I've used products from Curtis for about a year now. Everything is always Top Shelf and his service is outstanding.
I love the new guarantee, I've never had anyone offer to credit me for MY mistakes!!
Excellent product, better than the other one I tried. Prompt service, my order shipped the same day. Couldn't be happier.
Just did off a batch of knife blocks yesterday and will sand off dried juice tomorrow. They look like videos that I have watched on youtube. They look great. Thanks, LT
I recently bought one of Curtis' vacuum chambers for stabilizing pen blanks. The chamber was well built and the first time I used it, It sealed tight. A quality product and rugged construction.
It was worth the wait. Thanks, good product.
I've turned many TurnTex Blanks and now own my own Cactus Juice System. The quality is "Top Notch" on all of their products with outstanding customer service and product guarantee.
I was looking to buy a system but had little knowledge on which to get. After a friendly conversation with Curtis on the models available, it was clear what would fit my needs, and I saved money by not buying more than what I needed.
Thanks again Curtis for all of your help and work on getting the right system for me.
I have used the chamber several times now and have had great results. Awesome products.
Over the years I have ordered numerous pen blanks from Curtis. The quality of the products he offers are second to none! I also like the fact that he focuses on native Texas wood. Now that he has devoted all of his time to his pen blank business I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.