Making a Stabilizing chamber- DIY BUILD

well hey guys welcome back to my shop my name is Dima so in this episode I'm going to show you how to build a stabilizing chamber now what a stabilizing chamber does is it takes wood that's normally really light and for example spalted woods and anything like burl and you want to make it really nice and hard and stable so it doesn't fall apart on you you put it in a stabilizing chamber which all it is is a vacuum chamber that's used with the vacuum pump with special type of stabilizing resin now this process is mainly used by Penn Turner's and Col Turner's because it takes any burl it spalted wood any soft wood it makes it easier to work with almost acrylic like now you can find a lot more information on turnt XCOM that guy's an expert in stabilizing that's where I get all my stabilizing use from so if you want to learn more information on the stabilizing process and possibly buy a chamber from him or he supplies components to build your own check out his website and I'll have a link down the description so I'll show you how I made mine for this you will need a four inch schedule for to clear PVC in a length that you want to four inch schedule 40 caps with the flat top the ones with a dome top won't work for this a sink strainer rubber gasket a flange spacer brass barbed fitting with pipe thread and a bleeder valve you can also get a vacuum gauge but that's not required mount the caps on my lathe to trim them down a bit they are a little higher than I would like and I low profile just a little bit better I then take the cap that will be used as top lid and slightly trim the inside diameter so it slips over the pipe easier don't do this for the one cap that will be at the bottom of the pipe otherwise when you glue it on it won't seal properly after making sure the bottom cap fits nice and tight without any issues I go ahead and tape off the areas I don't want the PVC cement to go this is just to make the glue up look less sloppy but you can skip this step if you want to after cleaning the glue surfaces with alcohol go ahead and apply the PVC cement on both the pipe and the captain shear I have good glue coverage this is very important to avoid leaks in your vacuum once I slide the pipe over the cap I clean up all excess cement just to make it look cleaner while the PVC cement is still curing I carefully flip the assembly over clean the cap with alcohol and again tape off the surface I don't want the PVC cement to go when I'm gluing the flange spacer that will be used as the mounting of the chamber to the bench once again I apply some cement and place the flange spacer centering it as best as I could then I place a weight to keep some pressure while a glue is dry as a PVC cement is curing I mix some epoxy to mount the gasket to the lid you want to make sure to clean both surfaces of the cap and the rubber gasket to ensure a proper and airtight seal adhesion to the rubber gasket otherwise you will have leaks and we'll have to glue it again after about 24 hours the PVC cement in the epoxy have fully cured and I can move on to drilling and tapping the cap for the hardware then using some type of a pipe sealant I install all the fittings making sure they are nice and tight next I work on the open end sealing surface this is most likely rough after cutting I use 220 grit sandpaper and move up to 600 grit to get a smooth sealing surface for the rubber gasket just make sure to get rid of any deep scratches and gouges then all you really have to do is install a cap connect your pump and check for leaks I have to redo my cap twice because the first time it leaked so the reason why I wanted to build a stabilizing chamber for myself is because I had a few mallet heads they were really light and soft and I was really worried that they weren't going to last so I wanted to stabilize them so that way they're really dense and heavy so what I have here is to exact same blanks from the exact same piece of wood this one's not stabilized this one is stabilized the one that stabilizes weighs about twice as much as the one that's unstabilized I believe this is about eight ounces and this one was around 16 ounces so you get a really nice piece of wood that's really hard dense and actually using this as a mallet head the grain does not crush as fast so this male would last very long well I appreciate you guys watching I hope you learn something new so if you hear the video please let me know by giving me a thumbs up comment down below if you have any additional questions which I assume a lot of people are going to you can do so it down in the comments area and if you're not yet a subscriber I highly recommend you hit that subscribe button so you can get future notifications of any new videos that I release well I've out on the shop but be safe doing it see you guys next time

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