Using Resolute to Stabilize Your Own Wood

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Resolute by Cue Components

Resolute is a product offered by Cue Components to replace Nelsonite.  It is said to produce the same results as Nelsonite with less danger and less odor and best of all less cost! Here’s a link to the Wood Stabilizing page at Cue Components

NOTE: If you are contemplating trying out the above products, please be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and safety precautions.

Using Polyurethane to Stabilize your own wood

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Stabilize your own wood using the Polyurethane Method from the IAP (International Association of Penturners)

This is a pdf file with pictures and instructions! Stabilizing wood with Polyurethane and a vacuum

NOTE: If you are contemplating trying out the above products, please be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and safety precautions.

Stabilizing Wood using Resinol 90C

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RESINOL 90C – from Loctite

Resinol is typically used by hobbyists for home stabilization, though it does require the purchase of a fair bit of equipment. Its cost is $400.00 for 4gallons and is used with a vacuum pressure chamber which can be very expensive (up to $10,000.00 for a professional system).  I also found a lot of great information on the knife forums about the Resinol 90C (the one in particular that comes to mind is www.bladeforums.com) The finished product is quite a bit harder to work and more brittle than professional stabilizing due to the much higher curing temperatures needed.

NOTE: If you are contemplating trying out the above products, please be sure to follow the manufacturers directions and safety precautions.