Been putting off the stabilizing component for a while. Took the plunge last week and acquired everything needed. Everything resin and dyes from Curtis - some hardware from Amazon.
Great results the first time I stabilized. Wood was some very nice figured punky, spalted Pecan from outside of Wimberley, Tx. Followed Curtis' instructions and videos; and Zac Higgins and Jake Thompson. Great guys to learn from too.
Get 2 in-oven thermometers! they are about $10 at Wally-World. My B&D toaster oven would not go below 250 degrees - on the minimum setting. But, at 250 all went well. May leave the door cracked a little next time.
Cut a pen blank out the next day and turned and sanded through the grits - to 1000. Put the blank on the buffing wheel and got amazing luster and durable shine. No CA needed! Turning the stabilized blank was somewhere between hardwood and acrylic. I roughed with HSS and then carbide to profile and finish.
Knife scales are next - have several folks at the gun shows who want them. Mesquite is the most requested, but, I have some folks who want blended Texas (Eastern) Redwood and Texas Ebony. Thinking about dying some Texas White Oak just for grins. You can get some interesting grain patterns at the root flares on Oaks and Mesquites. The knife makers I know like using Texas indigenous woods.
You can expect 24 hour shipping from Curtis - period. Maybe over the weekend there could be a lag - but I doubt it. As of yet, I have never received an order late. He has always answered my email questions kindly and in great detail. Everything I have ordered from TurnTex has arrived as expected - what I ordered and on time. That's what you get when you deal with Texas folks!
Thanks for great service and great advice Curtis. I appreciate it.
Best regards bro,