If you want to add some serious interest to your turning blanks, consider dye stabilizing them. Overall, it’s a fairly simple process and can yield some amazing results! If you are already set up with all the equipment needed for stabilizing, then you only need to get some dye. If you aren’t familiar with stabilizing wood, check out the video below that is cued up to play the entire stabilizing video series. Some of the videos are older ones, so I apologize for the quality, but it will give you a good walk through of what all is involved.
I’m using a Robinaire 15310 vacuum pump that is pretty reasonably priced and gets the job done.
Vacuum Chamber & Stabilizing Resin
I purchased my chamber and stabilizing resin from TurnTex. Not only are they great products, but the owner is an immense wealth of knowledge who will help you get the results you are looking for. I learned everything I know from him!
I get all my dyes used for dye stabilizing and resin casting as well from Alumilite. As I mentioned in the video, White and all the Fluorescent colors don’t work for dye stabilizing.
Aside from the major tools/equipment, you’ll also want to get some gloves, cups, and stir sticks. Now get out there and make some fabulous blanks!