Customer Comments

Curtis was excellent on the phone, as he was patient, knowledgeable, and overall great to converse with. I've yet to use the cactus juice, but I have enough information to get some test pieces done on the cheap until I buy the proper equipment. Buying from a one man shop is always better than a large company when it comes to customer service, quality, and commitment. Why? Because I'm a one man show that caters to my customers, and now on the other end I can truly appreciate what good service is. Anyways purchasing from Turntex is an excellent idea and you won't regret doing so.
Joshua Martin
Paauilo, Hawaii
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Got my Resin couldn't be happier. Excited to get the new Round chamber. Thank you Curtis. Rick
Rick Robbins bearmanric
Olympia Wa.
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I received my Cactus Juice in a very prompt manner, it seemed like I just ordered it and it showed up. We will do business again. I like dealing with with individuals, instead of a big business who could care less about their service. Thanks Tom Militano
Tom Militano
Jacksonville, AL
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I picked up my Vacuum chamber several weeks ago and love it. I've been going through some choice wood for stabilization and just need to clean out my garage so I can find the vacuum pump and then I can actually use it! I've used a friend's several times and it's fairly easy, just some setup regarding the process to yield the best results. Curtis' design with an included vacuum breaker makes it a cinch to stabilize wood. I've got tools worth thousands of dollars, but I'm most proud of my vacuum chamber. May have something to do with the fact that I'm an engineer and get the explain the mechanics of it to those who ask. My wife is starting to roll her eyes though. I just tell her to go back to her Mary Kay and let me get my guy on (did I mention I'm outnumbered at my house?). Thanks again Curtis, great product, as per usual! Definitely worth the wait. Mike Myers aka Gerber Mike aka Mako Mike
Michael Myers
Katy, TX
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Thanks, Curtis. Your Cactus Juice product is one of the best stabilizing products I have come across. I am able to take what would be unusable spalted woods, and make beautiful knife handles. I have been buying Cactus Juice by the quart, but I will have to start moving up to the half gallon size. Once i get started stabilizing, it's hard to stop. Thanks again for your products and customer service; both are excellent Michael Rice Rice Custom Knives
Michael Rice
San Antonio
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I waited to write this review because I wanted to be sure I gave the product a fair shake and be sure I had all of the bugs worked out of my vacuum system and my process that may have caused a lack of performance. As it turns out, there were quite a few. I have been attempting to stabilize 1-1/4" X 8" maple dowels to be turned into handles for stainless steel fire pokers I manufacture. Given that my processes involve some custom jigs to hold the dowels on the lathe while turning, I could not use the standard of wrapping them in aluminum foil to cure them. Additionally, my vacuum chamber was not adequately sized to hold the production run of 64 dowels, enough Cactus Juice to insure permeation, and enough head space to allow for foaming (due to air escaping the wood) without the foam getting into my vacuum lines and pump. I called Curtis for insight and help and oh what help he gave! Because of Curtis and his Cactus Juice product, I can honestly say I think I've found the answer to a prayer. I had all but given up on being able to stabilize my handles having gone through a process involving a venturi pump (not enough vacuum) and polyurethane (excessive cure time, lack of penetration). Curtis helped me work out the bugs in my system and although I still have a few, due to Curtis' expert advice and knowledge, I now know how to resolve them. It's been a learning curve for me, but Curtis has been both kind and patient in helping me get the results I've been dreaming of. I look forward to a long and profitable relationship with Curtis and TurnTex Woodworks. So, here it is. Cactus Juice: Great stuff. Easy to work with. Does what it's supposed to. Curtis O. Seebeck: Great man. Easy to work with. Does far more than he's supposed to. Give them both a try. You won't be disappointed. Sincerely, Duane R. Winters Durwin Enterprises LTD
Duane R. Winters, Durwin Enterprises LTD
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I have used the Cactus Juice for 1 project so far. I have some OLD,DRY cottonwood that looked like it would show some pretty grain in a bowl project. By using the Cactus Juice I was able to stabilize a rough bowl blank. Lots of air in that old wood. The finished bowl turned out to be very pretty. Looking forward to using more of the cottonwood soon.
David Plante
Stockton, Kansas
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I received my Cactus Juice in a very prompt manner, it seemed like I just ordered it and it showed up. We will do business again. I like dealing with individuals, instead of a big business who could care less about their service. Thanks Tom Militano
Tom Militano
Jacksonville, AL
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I have been using Cactus Juice for over a year now and am constantly finding new ways to use it to stabilize my pen blanks. I can stabilize and dye woods that are just falling apart to the point that I can make beautiful pens from what would have been not usable, punky and just past usefulness. These woods are just beautiful after stabilization with Cactus Juice. If you would like to see what can be done with Cactus Juice please visit my pen site and you will see the results of this great product.
Michael Schmitt
Claremont, NH
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I was a little worried at first, as this was my first time stabilizing anything. The Cactus Juice was easy to use and I found myself stabilizing any wood I could get my hands on. LOL I've almost used up a gallon already, and will be ordering more soon!!! :D
Ed Proper
Poquoson, VA
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Cactus Juice is a great product and doing business with Curtis is always a pleasure. Excellent communication, quick service and products perform as advertised.
Joseph Heath
Post Falls, ID
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Great service, great product,, The Cactus Juice... Will order some more...:D
jerry corbin
lubbock texas
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I ordered one gallon of Cactus Juice. Shipping was fast and efficient. Haven't had a chance to use it yet so will report on that later Overall very happy with the service and pricing Thanks, David:D
David Samp
Fountain, Colorado
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Great Products, and fast service. I will be getting more products, and have a Chamber on order.
David Brown
Mission Viejo, Ca
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Thank you for the fast shipment of the gallon of "Cactus Juice". I believe this is my 4th or 5th gallon of this product and it still works as good as the 1st gallon. Absolutely a great product. I have expanded into dying my knife handles in solid colors by using the red, blue or green dye. My blocks of maple burl are 1-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 5" long and the product penetrates all the way through the block, provided the wood is 6% dry or better. (I use a moisture meter for measuring moisture in the wood)
Vit Rudzitis
St. Paul, Minnesota
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Hello, to any that are looking for great product and customer service no need to look any further. I've been a wood turner for years and could never find the right stabilization solution until I found turn tex. Cactus juice.
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I bought the pint, but really meant to buy the quart. Still, as soon as I got it, I made a smaller vacuum chamber with a mason jar, put in my buckeye slabs and made up the deficit of resin with marbles until the wood was well covered. The buckeye burl was on the verge of being punky so it was full of air and very light. I vacuumed it for a total of two hours, or until the wood sank and barely any bubbles. Cured the slabs in the oven as directed and noticed they had indeed hardened, and had retained the extra weight they had gained from the process. As a test, and after sanding(The treated wood takes substantially longer to sand than untreated blanks) the excess resin off, I took a treated piece along with an untreated one and touched them to a buffer that had red rouge on it. The untreated slabs picked up the red color and were grooved. The Cactus Juice treated part took a shine and no color from the rouge or distortion of the surface. Very satisfied with the product but will be sure to order a larger amount next time around. Thank you for the great service! Paul S. from Tampa
Paul S.
Tampa, FL.
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As usual, wonderful product. Outstanding customer service and fast shipping. Thanks!
Kevin B
Lancaster, PA
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EXCELLENT PRODUCT!!!! Great customer service!!! i used cactus juice for the first time last week, and it has changed the way i look at wood for pens, now i can turn pieces that would have been scrapped before. its easy to use, and gave great results the first time i used it, turning a piece of spalted ash burl into a beautiful, usable pen blank, that would've otherwise probably ended up coming apart when I turned it.
John Squires/ Summit Pen Works
Fort Wayne, IN
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I ordered just two bottles of Cactus Juice to see if it was as good as what I've used in the past from a different supplier. It was delivered as scheduled and was better than the products I've been using. You will be my supplier from now on. I'll have to try your other line of products. Thank You! DeWayne
DeWayne Stephensen
Sacramento, California
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Excellent produit pour stabiliser et durcir en profondeur une petite piece de bois plus ou moins poreuse, par injection sous vacuum. Une fois cuit, ce produit reste neutre. J'ai essaye d'autres produits mais Cactus Juice de Turntex reste le meilleur. Il est aussi sans odeur contrairement a d'autres et avec une excellente penetration. Le mode d'emploie est facile et tres bien expliqué par ecrit et par video. Vous allez l'adorer. Merci a Turntex et a son service apres vente hors pair!:D
c dugre
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I have had great success with this product. It is very easy to use with great results. Shipping is very reasonable priced and product is shipped fast to customers.
Chad Kelller
Jenks, Oklahoma
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:) I am a newbie to the wood stabilization world, so I have much to learn. However, based on my first experience with this product, I am very satisfied with the quality, service, and price from Turn Tex. I will be coming back as a return customer in the future.
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I'm very satisfied with the Cactus Juice and colorants.They fill my stabilization needs, :D:D:D:D:D
Gorst Duplessis
New Orleans
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I would just like to say. Curtis has outstanding customer service. Before I ordered I had heard nothing but great things about him and his product they were all true. Thank you again Curtis. David Seaba
David Seaba
Broken Arrow , Ok
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I recently took up stabilizing my own pen blanks. The first run of blanks in the cylindrical vacuum chamber created a lot of questions -- detail that is encountered in any new process. I emailed Curtis and received quick responses -- often in a few hours. Each time the questions were answered in a clear and helpful manner. The first batch came out very good. Thanks Curtis...
Fred Floyd
Issaquah, WA
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I order the catus juice for stabilizing my call blanks and some knife scales and I feel this by far the best product I have ever used. Curtis is a great guy. Willing to help you any chance he gets and truly takes interest in what you are doing.
columbia river game calls
astoria or
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:D this is my first try with Cactus juice after using min wax wood hardener. By far the cactus juice was a superior product and did everything that was said. The one thing I liked best is that it truly did stabilize my spalted mesquite. Thank you very much for coming up with such a good product.
Billy Cloud
Aransas Pass Tx
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I purchased a Vacum Chamber from Curtis. It was a pretty long wait but finding that it was due to production changes and conversing with Curtis about his new production plan, I was more at ease. During SWAT this year, Curtis gave me the chamber he was using for demonstrations so I would have my chamber. I feel that to be a great gesture on his part to please a customer. Also when ordering Cactus Juice, it arrives very quickly. Turn Tex Woodworks to me is a great asset to woodworkers..Thanks Curtis. Ray Vivian
Ray Vivian
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I have found Turn Tex products to have a degree of perfection that is seldom found in today's world. Curtis does an exquisite job of the vacuum chambers, pen blanks and pens. On top of that he is willing to part with "pearls" of wisdom and advise. He will get more of my business in the future.
Jim Stinson
Eddy, TX
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I wanted to go ahead and thank Curtis for the outstanding craftsmanship he sent me this week. I ended up opting for the new cylindrical chamber and could not be happier. Everything is working as stated, and this product is insanely durable. My first run this evening seems to be doing well. I allowed my blanks to sit in my oven at around 175-200F for 30 hours prior to placing in ziplock bags and then in a tupperware to cool off. After cool, I popped them in, poured Cactus Juice on top, and away we went. My only issue was the bubbling never ceased. I had the usual bubbles that I see in videos, and then 3-4 hours of light bubbles. Not enough bubbles to foam, but bubbles none the less. 4.5 hours under -29# of vacuum. After reading here on the site, if the blanks had any sort of moisture I can expect the longer vacuum. After no change I am going to allow them to sit over night and soak. Regardless, these issues are ME related that I am sure I can work out. Overall, I am totally satisfied with my purchase, and after tomorrows results, I am sure I will be ordering Cactus Juice by the gallon. Thanks for the hard work Curtis.
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I have been through 5 gallons of cactus juice, stabilizing turning squares for use in pool cues. I couldn't be happier with the results. I recently cut some spalted curly maple & gave some to a friend. He sent his off to be stabilized & it was rejected as being too spongy. I have used cactus juice to stabilize about 50 squares of it so far and every single one has turned out solid & sound. The blanks gain an average of triple weight. Cactus juice is allowing me to utilize woods that would otherwise be simply too punky & deteriorated to use. Thank you Turntex! [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
Eric in NM
New Mexico
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received my new round vac chamber the other day it works great, very happy with the results.:):):):):):)
George Vasiliou
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Curtis at Turntex really came through on providing a quality made chamber. I was very excited to receive the chamber and get to work, the best part was Curtis had spent a few hours of his time already answering my questions and helping me out on ideas that I was not clear on. I have also ordered and used many of the pen blanks made by Turntex and have been nothing but impressed at the final product. I have and will recommend Turntex to anyone that asks. Thanks again Curtis
Steven Fraser
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Just tried my first batch with the Cactus Juice. The Cactus Juice worked as stated. I will be ordering more soon. Some fellow turners want in on the stabilizing. Thanks Kevin
Kevin Gilbert
Nottingham NH
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curtis, i am working on second turning blank right now and everything is fine so far i am very pleased with product. i am using a gast pump pulling 26 in. and seems to be ok for what i am doing. thanks bob
bob brown
bryan tx
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Curtis is a great guy. He worked with me to develop a new chamber design for pool cues. The product he produces is very efficient, and made with a professional touch. I would highly recommend his chambers and the cactus juice. Dennis Cash Cash Custom Cues
Dennis Cash
Wichita Kansas
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I purchased the product when Curtis experienced great business growth difficulties and received nothing less than a superb support and effort to provide the best service possible. I had to wait longer than normal however I ended with a product of outstanding quality. My greatest appreciation comes from the fact of his dedicated desire and action to provide exceptional service through his support and responding to question with honest and detail information. I appreciate and am confident to be one of Curtis client. Reg A:)
Reg Ashby
Calgary, AB, Canada
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Curtis I received my replacement Guage and I would like you to know it works like a charm thanks for getting it to me and keep up the good work. :)
Lomax Butler
Jacksonville Fla
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I just treated my first batch of wood. I used a spalted maple burl that was so soft and heavily figured that it could not be sanded without gouging chunks out of the surface. The results were amazing. The stabilized scales (about 1/4" thick) are hard and sturdy. Sanding to 120 grit yielded some spectacular looking pieces, and I believe they will be truly eye popping once they are taken to final finish as knife handles. Treatment with Cactus Juice made otherwise useless wood into very high grade exotic scales. Thank you.
Brian Campbell
Irion County, Texas
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Curtis, Everything arrived very quickly and as ordered. Thanks for the great service. I am looking forward to getting started stabilizing and coloring some woods for turning projects. Your website has been very educational and is deeply appreciated. Dave Olig, Fargo, ND:):):)
Dave Olig
Fargo, ND
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Great product ! So easy to use. Fast service.\r\n\r\n\r\nDave
Dave Dobbs
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It worked just like you said. I am very pleased with it. As soon as I get a better vacuum system, I will order some more.\r\nThanks,\r\nCharles
Charles Stephens
New Braunfels, TX
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I purchased a circular pen blank vacuum chamber and had two minor issues. First, the weight was a little too big for the chamber, which I ground down to make it fit better in the chamber. The second issue was that I wasn't getting the proper vacuum, according to the gauge. I called Curtis and he immediately diagnosed the problem. There is a clear sticker on the gauge which tells you to cut the rubber tip on top of the gauge, it then worked great. Curtis has been great at helping me with my problems and questions. [color=red]My Note: The weight is designed to be a little bigger than the chamber and this was not a mistake. It is designed to be put in on an angle. Then, once the weight is on the wood, you push down on the high side and it wedges in place. Making a weight of this size that is heavy enough to hold down large batches of blanks would be difficult and cost prohibitive. This order was most likely one of the early orders and now I am including instructions with pictures of how to use the weight. I am also putting a new, fluorescent sticker on the gauge over the one from the factory to bring the need to vent the gauge to customers attention better.[/color]
Ardell Dobson
Phoenix, AZ
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Always a pleasure working with Curtis. Have some issues with being unable to order from the site due to being an APO address. Curtis took the time to help me get the order placed. Shipping sometimes takes a little longer due to shipping to Korea, but still arrived fairly quick. Great service. Thanks.:)
James White
US ARMY South Korea
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Curtis, Great product, I am very happy and impressed with the finished product of both the knife scales and pens I am producing.I am using a lot of local woods for pen blanks that I would not be able to use before. I am also experimenting with some punky woods and roots with good success. I took your advice and I am now letting the wood soak for double the amount of time of vacuum time in the cactus juice after vacuum process. Thanks again!
Matthew Rehman
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Once the juice was sent, it took only 9 days to get it in my hand Very fast delivery to Sweden. Thank you Curtis and Mr postman I bought a gallon for some time ago to try it out, and it works very well. The only thing I noticed is the first quarter that I catalyzed has become slightly thicker after about 18 months. When I use it. I dilute it with a little fresher resin. Michael
Michael H
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I received my gallon of cactus juice in about 3 days. So far it has vastly exceeded my expectations. I will likely be a regular customer. I appreciate bring able to buy this product.
Earl Tharp
Arcadia Indiana
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My order was wanting for me @ my hotel in Covington Ky. I haven't had chance to mix up a batch yet I only got home this past Tuesday . If I have any question, I'll you a text or call, Thanks Eric
Eric Bardell
Garson ontario Canada
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I ordered 4 pen blanks which I received in only 3 days. They are quite frankly the most impressive pen blanks I have ever ordered. I am impressed with the entire experience and definitely order again. Thanks, Moe:)
Moe Houtz
Elkhart, KS
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