Customer Comments

Alumilite purchase

Always purchase my resin and dye from here. Great service every time and all the time. Fast delivery and great communication. 

Mike shively
Kettering Ohio
Date: 2021-06-23

What service here!

Curtis has always been helpful spending hours at times giving me proven methods to be successful.

Thank you my friend

United States
Date: 2021-06-09

Great products and service

Really like both the Cactus Juice and Alumilite. More than anything though, I really appreciate the educational and support resources that are provided. The videos make the processes much less intimidating.  Highly recommend Turn Tex. 

Steve Elliott
United States
Date: 2021-06-09

Cactus Juice

Turntex has always had quick shipping and cactus juice is a great stabilizing resin for soft wood and and to prepare wood to be used with alumilite. Curtis has always answered any questions that i have had very quickly.
Date: 2021-06-08

One stop shopping

TurnTex is a great one shop shopping experience for all my stabilizing needs. I've been collecting all the tools and accessories I need for some time now so that I can learn this process and begin my journey into this craft. I was delighted to not only find the supplies here but also videos to help get me started. Many thanks! Janet
Date: 2021-06-05

Great Product and Customer Service

I have been using Cactus Juice for several years and the product is excellent.  I get great results every time and it is a relatively simple process as long as you follow the directions.  Soak time after vacuum is critical.  Just follow the information on Curtis' Help Center to answer most any question, but I've also found that Curtis is very willing to assist if I have had a unique situation.  I highly recommend Cactus Juice and also the Cactus Juice dyes that are available.   

Tom Warnack
United States
Date: 2021-06-01

Good product

Have ordered a couple of times. Nothing but good to say about these folks

Date: 2021-05-30

Alumilite Casting

I really love the Alumilite product and I greatly appreciate the service and support from TexTurn! I use Alumilite to cast two dozen Oak burls from a very old tree in the mountains of Western New Mexico. The tree has mistletoe burls growing on most of the limbs. The grain in the burls is multi colored and very dense but few of the burls are large enough to make a bowl or vase. I remove the bark and empty the holes in the burl, then I case the burl with Alumilite. I add blue, red, or green to the Alumilite with a little pearl-ex for sparkle. I make my casting forms using a base of 3/4" plywood and then form a circle using aluminum sheeting which is hot glued into a groove turned into the plywood base. I cover the plywood base and the aluminum sheet with clear plastic packing tape so the Alumilite does not stick to the mold. The mold is made to fit the burl as close as possible to reduce the amount of Alumilite that is wasted in turning. I cast under pressure for 24 hours at 50PSI (just to be sure). After casting I hollow out the inside of the form to make a vase with walls of 1/16” to 1/8”. Next I bore a 1/2” hole in the bottom and insert a polycarbonate plug that is domed and polished. Setting the hollow form on a rotating laser turn table shoots a light through the polycarbonate plug, thus revealing the Alumilite that is captured between the remaining pieces of burl. The only caution is that the wood MUST be dry down to 7% or lower. The Alumilite burls have been a very popular sales item.
James Richardson
College Station, TX 77845
Date: 2021-05-29

Never disappointed

I have purchases several times from TurnTex and have never been disappointed.  The product arrives shortly after I place the order, well packaged and never a leak.  

Date: 2021-05-29

TurnTex Products


I have been dealing with TurnTex for about three years now. I find Curtis, as well as his employees, to be very receptive to my needs. They go out of their way to make certain I am 100% happy with my orders. They know there products very well and have made me feel very comfortable when I call for information. I have also emailed for help and was surprised when Curtis called me back and spent more than enough time with me making certain all my questions were answered in full.

All of the products, which are many, that I have purchased from TurnTex are superior to others and their prices are very competitive to others. 

I highly recomend TurnTex, they are a great company that supplies American made products.

John Hartman
Durango, Colorado

John Hartman
Durango, Colorado USA
Date: 2021-05-19

Best customer service.

TurnTex is the best source for all your stabilizing and casting needs, and they go out of their way to make sure you receive the best service.  The Cactus Juice is second to none and if you follow the directions in using the product properly you will succeed in the use and life of the product. Great selection and information to help you with your projects.

Steve Dickman
Sublimity, Oregon
Date: 2021-05-16

Cactus juice

I have purchased Cactus juice several times from Turntex and each time the service as exceptional. I say exceptional as I received my order in 5 days which in this day and time is extraordinary.

jim brock
Sapulpa Ok
Date: 2021-05-15

New formula is great

I always get great results from cactus juice, but the new formal is even better! I love that it doesn’t foam up....and as always arrives quickly and safely 

Date: 2021-05-15

Cactus Juice

Great product for stabilizing. It’s the only thing I use. Great customer service! 

Chattanooga Tennessee
Date: 2021-05-15

Excellent service

I have been a customer for years.  Your attention to detail and speed to ship are truly above average.  Your product is top notch.  I love the improved formula.   Till next time, thanks Curtis. 

Terry Quiram
United States
Date: 2021-05-15

New to the craft....

I’m new to stabilizing so the fact that Turn Tex made it easy to understand, order and get going gave me a huge amount of confidence in myself and the products. 

Don S.
Pittsburgh, Pa
Date: 2021-05-15

Excellent order as usual

Everything came in perfectly I had great results with the product and very happy with my order. I've become a major fan of this company, and their great customer service and products. Definitely a loyal customer for life.

JT Thomas
Hornick, IA
Date: 2021-05-15

Excellent Company

Always great products. Very fast delivery. Excellent shipping status updates and follow up on service. Recommend this company to anyone.
Tiffany Knighton
Midlothian, Texas
Date: 2021-05-15

Best product

We have used a couple brands,and always return to cats juice. 

Gerard Merchant
United States
Date: 2021-05-15

The test of time

The last time I commented on Turn Tex  several months ago, I was very satisfied with both the product and personal care by the staff. Curtis was willing to take the time to share what he knew to help me be successful. Since that time I think I have bought more product than before. I am even more satisfied than before. The product and service has been excellent. Consistent quality and service is hard to find. But here it is. Its 5 star.   JLC 

Jerry and Janette Clemans
United States
Date: 2021-04-29

Best Product Best Service!!!

Turntex-Curtis and his employees always provide the absolute best service.  The Cactus Juice is a great product and of course the 80# Alumilite is great for us high volume casters. I had a gauge go bad on my Turntex Chamber after several years of heavy use. He replaced it very quickly. I had a JB Pump(not from him) but I asked if he had a replacement vane for it, he did and sent them to me immediately. That is service. 

Sue A Meyers-Dyer
United States
Date: 2021-04-29

Great products & even better customer service

I have been using Cactus Juice and dyes for stabilizing my knife scales for a couple of years now and have always had good results.  I have tried other products and found that Cactus Juice wins.....every time!  And....the customer service is awesome!  I recently seized up my brand new J&B vacuum pump (totally my fault)  and Curtiss Seebeck took the time, while on a camping trip with his family, to call me and walk me thru the process of repairing my pump....on Easter weekend!

Charlie Payne
United States
Date: 2021-04-26


I have been using it for a couple of months now and loving it.  I got the pump saver and the Twist Lock Stability Ring.  it was well worth spending a little more to have them.  Anytime someone asks me about stabilizing I will always tell them to get this brand and not waste there money on some other brand.  

David Van Etten
United States
Date: 2021-04-19

Love you and your products and

Hi Curtis, Fantastic everything. Your shipping times and organization seem to just be getting better and better! My only teeny tiny feedback would be that quite often (25% of the time) the little shiny inner liner for the cap of the small bottle of cactus juice activator is loose or leaking or not completely sealed. Otherwise, great job. Thank you for helping us to make a living! Thanks, Susan North WOods, LLC and VIVID
Susan Curington
United States
Date: 2021-03-30


Ordered resin aagin. On time and the packaging is great. I have actually had problems with other Alumilite distributers packaging methods. I have a mess a couple of times. I have had no issues with Turn Tex. Thanks.
Don Thornock
United States
Date: 2021-03-30

Great product and great service!

TurnTex and Cactus Juice enable me to use found wood to produce unique game call blanks.  Shipping is fast and the service is very customer oriented.  Give them a try!  You'll wish you had done it sooner.

Wendell Rye
United States
Date: 2021-03-30


As usual, order one day, delivered the next... Of course we are both in Texas, but still that kind of service is amaazing.

Thanks for your continued superior service.

Bill Kimbrough 

william a kimbrough
United States
Date: 2021-03-30

Turn-Tex Top Notch

Every time I order from the folks at TurnTex, I'm pleased with the product AND the people! It's like doing business with family!

Keith Nix
United States
Date: 2021-03-30

Got my four gallons of new cactus juice really like it.

Fast service  got four gallons new cactus juice . Been doing clear stabilizing with it much  better on foaming.  Seems to be less bleed out. Will turn a call with it tomorrow.

Tenino Wa 98589
Date: 2021-03-30

Tank and Accessories

I recently upgraded to a larger TurnTex stabilizing tank, Pump Saver, Cactus Juice and, based upon Curits's recommendation, a JB Eliminator vacuum pump,  I am not only very pleased with the quality of the products I received but, also in the outstanding customer service.  There was some confusion in my order so, Gaige called to confirm I really wanted two of an item when I only meant one.  Saved me some money and duplication and, the hassle of returning it.

Great job Gaige

Plus, the TurnTex, LLC Customer Connection on Facebook has been very helpful and a time saver.

Doug Reynods
Auburn, Washington
Date: 2021-02-20

Simply the best!

I accidentally chose the wrong kind of Alumilite when I ordered online, but realized what I’d done right after I’d confirmed everything. I slightly emailed, explains my error, then called the next morning. Turntex totally understood, and were more than happy to correct my order. It was sitting at my doorstep three days later. Awesome customer service! AA++

Matthew Marsh
Lake George, MN
Date: 2021-02-12

Always a pleasure

I've been buying Cactus Juice from Curtis for quite a while now. Great product. Fast shipping. What more can you ask for?
Date: 2021-02-08

I am a first time buyer

I am a first time buyer from Turntex and brand new to stabilization and hybrid pen blank construction. The information on your web site on Cactus Juice and Alumalite was very valuable to me. My order was on my doorstep in 3 days. Heard about you on YouTube where you we highly recommended. I’ll be back with another order soon.

Warren Flemmer
Lawrenceburg Tennessee
Date: 2021-02-06


Absolutley the best everything!!!!  well Done Turn Tex!!!

Joe Paul Nault
United States
Date: 2021-02-04

New to Stabilizing

  So I held off on this review until I completed a few batches to get an average. I numbered weighed in grams each piece of wood. Then I dried my wood in a toaster oven at 230 degrees for 24hrs, removed and re-weighed, placed them back in the toaster oven for four hours. Removed and re-weighed. Satisfied that the two last measurements were the same I went to the Vacuum chamber. I did Turkish Walnut, Cedar and Rosewood as a test sample. I have a 5 gal Bacoeng with 4.5 cfm pump. Easily pulled max vacuum and ran it until the air bubbles stopped. Next was the soaking phase then back to the toaster to cure. I will say that I wrapped the first batch too early and that made it harder to get the aluminum off. After removing the aluminum and sanding the remaking cactus juice off there was a significant weight gain. Overall I found the stabilizing process simple but timely. I have tried the colored liquid cactus die as well, still experimenting. The final verdict will be when my Brother turns these blanks into knife handles. 

Brian Gilbert
Date: 2021-02-04

Great small business with great customer service

The customer service is always quick and accurate when it comes to answering questions. They’ve always been timely with processing/shipping orders, which I genuinely appreciate. I’ll always buy my stabilizing supplies from Curtis and his business. 

Culpeper, VA
Date: 2021-02-01

Vacuum Chamber

Awesome product, I had no problems setting up or using. 

United States
Date: 2021-01-31

Great customer service!

I placed my order with Turntex. I knew I would have to wait 7 to 10 days for the vacuum chamber to be made. It was made and shipped in a timely fashion and arrived with all the extras I had ordered except one. I emailed Curtis and he responded back to me the same day about the missing item. It was shipped and arrived in a timely fashion much to my satisfaction. I would recommend Turntex to anyone who is looking for a quality product and cares about good customer service!

Gary Fuller
Lapee, Mi
Date: 2021-01-30

Yes, you can do transformers with it!

If you are looking for a resin to do a proper dip and bake on a transformer or coil, and don't want to buy it by the 5 gallon pail, Cactus Juice is your answer!  As far as I can tell, that's actually what this stuff is for in the industrial world...  You will need to set things up where you can either pull vacuum on your coil or let it soak in the resin for many hours (I went overnight).  Be aware that this will NOT turn it into a brick; it  IS going to glue everything that is close together into one piece, but large cavities will drain out.  It will take a LONG time to get your whole transformer or coil hot enough to set the resin; you MUST measure the temperature of the iron!  It took more than an hour to get to temperature on mine.  The adhesive used on Kapton tape softens when exposed to Cactus Juice and ends up slippery rather than solid or grippy.  This isn't an issue for things taped internally, but you may notice it on the end turns.  Fiberglass tape shouldn't have this issue, as the Cactus Juice can penetrate the tape itself.  I didn't test this, so YMMV!

I used it on my Magnabend build; self bonding wire is VERY difficult to get.  Regular magnet wire is easy to get...  With this resin, you can do a proper job with plain magnet wire.  The biggest drawback is that you must use the actual steel components when you bake it to ensure that the coil is where you need it to be; you won't end up with a free standing coil.  TEC Bond 7718 Polyamide Glue Stick ( is a good choice for attaching the insulation for the end turns after baking; it melts well above boiling water temperatures, unlike every other "hot only" hot glue I tried.  Epoxy works too, but you end up having to do it in many batches with lots of waiting on glue to set.  I think it was 9 batches over two days vs about 20 minutes (I did one end each way).

Many thanks to Alan for sharing his design and know-how! 

Date: 2021-01-29

Great company with great products

My order was processed quickly and accurately. It was well packaged and arrived in great condition. 

The stabilizing chamber was easy to set up and is works well. Given the cost of a good pump the Pump Saver gives me piece of mind, I highly recommend it. 
The ability to get a discount by buying Cactus Juice in bulk helps reduce my costs. 
Curtis clearly cares about his customers. I will be doing business with him again. 


Paul Fox
Dover, VT
Date: 2021-01-29

Don't second guess yourself

Do yourself a huge favor and use the products offered here. I use nothing but cactus juice vaccum chambers and cactus juice resin. Primarily I stabilize wood, antler, and bone with and without dye's for our custom knife business. It has taken the knives to a whole new level. The uses are endless and you will be surprised what it can do for you. Don't second guess yourself, you wont be let down!

R. Jayce Suprenant
Cochise AZ
Date: 2021-01-28

Best customer in the business

Some companies have great products and feel like they don’t need customer service. Kind of a you need me attitude. 
Curtis and everyone on his team go over the top with the absolute best customer service.   Industry leaders in quality 

attention to details

quick turnaround on orders

support, support, support 

Thank you sir

Larry Justice
McDonough, GA
Date: 2021-01-28

Turn-Tex Top Notch

I've always been pleased with my Turn-Tex transactions. Shipping is always prompt, questions are answered in a timely and concise manner, and their product are very good! Keith Nix Knives Black Mountain, NC
Keith Nix Knives
United States
Date: 2021-01-28

Great product... Fantastic customer support

I have been purchasing Cactus Juice and Alumilite from Curtis's Turntex for over two years. The order fulfillment has always been prompt and accurate. Lately the shipments have been delivered at an even faster pace. These guys believe in taking care of their customers. 

Andrew Nedder
United States
Date: 2021-01-28

As advertised

Great product...Great Service !

Reggie Everett

Reggie Everett
United States
Date: 2021-01-25

Great Service

Always great customer service from owner and team.

Wayne Church
United States
Date: 2021-01-25

Works great and highly recommend

Had some cedar pieces from another project and wanted to turn them but they would just chip apart... Used this awesome cactus juice (entire family is curious why it's called cactus juice btw... Anyone know the reason?) and made the blanks nice and solid!!! Now they turn easily and don't chip! Easy to use, very straightforward, would highly recommend!! I have some walnut i want to use it on next!!

Date: 2021-01-25

Just the best!

My husband and I have been making knives since he lost his job at the beginning of 2020 and I stay home with our special needs daughter. It was very hard to bring an income into the house,while keeping our daughter safe,and buying materials. But y'all make it affordable enough to be able to feed my family and keep the lights on. For that I am grateful. Because we know with the materials you sell, you could easily raise the price and people like us would have no choice but to buy it to complete our own orders. Y'all even gave us a Covid discount at the beginning of the pandemic. You seriously don't understand how much of an impact that had on us in the best way. It is still a struggle to pay bills, but y'all make it a little easier for families like ours. Thank yall. 

Lindsay Buck
Tatum tx
Date: 2021-01-23

Great service

I want to thank Curtis and staff for great service on my recent order. I'll be returning to Turntex the next time I need Cactus juice.
David A Icenhower
Portland Oregon
Date: 2021-01-22

Great seller!!

I have ordered several times and the results are always awesome! Fast shipping and great price! The only place I will buy Cactus Juice on the web.

Ken Schuler
Shenandoah Valley in Virginia
Date: 2021-01-21