Customer Comments

Very happy

I am very well satisfied with your products and color of the cactus juice  I'm using for my blanks. The only gripe I have is not even your product but it's with the alumilite. The Caps are absolutely impossible to get off. Tried pushing down and turn in as stated and literally had to use a pipe wrench then I literally just cut the Caps off. Again nothing to do with your products but the alumilite jugs lids do not come off very easily. Other than that love your products and just ordered some mica powders and some red alumilite dye to broaden my color patterns. Thank you

Rick Nelson
United States
Date: 2020-04-27

Don't order from anyone but Turntex!

I've ordered many times now from Turntex and have never been let down yet. All the resins, dyes, powders as well as other products always work great and look amazing. They've helped me create some truly awesome pieces and I'm sure my customers would agree as well. You won't find better products, prices and definitely not any better customer service from anywhere else so don't waste your time. Curtis is beyond helpful and genuinely a great person. And thanks Curtis for the sticker with my last order....I slapped it right on my pressure pot. 


Sincerely, Tim

Dovetail Woodwork

Tim Travis
United States
Date: 2020-04-27

Great Company

Ordered some stuff to complete a project and was surprised at how fast my order was shipped to me! Still have more stuff to order in near future and won’t hesitate to order again. Outstanding customer service and nothing but great products. 

Todd S.
Date: 2020-04-26

Quality Humans at TurnTex

There is no replacement for face-to-face when you want to know the people behind the label.  We do so much online that we don't get much chance to get that human connection anymore.  And now with the COVID-19 virus injecting social distancing and no-contact purchases, we can look forward to even less contact.

With that said, I want to share with you a short story about quality humans behind the TurnTex brand.  In January 2020 I was on vacation from Maryland to Buda Texas.  It was there that I noticed Cactus Juice was sourced from TurnTex, which just so happens to be right down I-35 apiece. On our way back from visiting friends in San Antonio I started to message Curtis on Facebook.  No answer.  Tried again, no answer.  By the time we got to his exit, we decided to "drop in" and see what happens. The approach is a typical hill country ranch down a long dirt road.  For me, very comforting. Several workers were in the yard. My friend and I got out and were welcomed warmly. "Curtis is in the shop", was their reply. So casual, we found our way to his shop unescorted. No answer explained, Curtis was busy on his computer and did not see my messages!  But he stood right up, dropped what he was doing, and proceeded to spend an hour helping two casting and stabilizing newbies, understand the process, the TurnTex products, and nuances of each. Curtis introduced us to his production staff and answered any question without reservation. We left with a human connection to the people behind the brand.

Finally, several months into a national lockdown over the COVID-19 virus, 10%+ unemployment, and even worse economic impact on the thousands of self-employed crafts people, we see on the TurnTex website a product sale openly offering anyone so negatively impacted to request a steep discount, maybe below cost. And Curtis's words asking readers "to be honest".

WOW!  For me, evidence of quality human beings that reinforced, no punctuated my first impression.  The way a neighbor should treat a neighbor.  With TurnTex, the world is his neighborhood and he's putting it all out there.

You can't ask for any more.

Gene Torrey
Maryland USA
Date: 2020-04-26

first time customer

The TurnTex website is very helpful.  I used it as a resource for information to learn more about stabilizing wood and using Alumilite products.  Ordering was easy and the feedback emails about my order were accurate.  Everything arrived faster than I expected and the vacuum stabilizing chamber is well made. I'll be ordering from TurnTex  again.

Stephen C Slajus
United States
Date: 2020-04-26

Works great.

I am a woodworker on my part time to try to make money on the side to help pay for things we need as a family. I was wating money on to dry punky wood. Cactus juice really works and I saved wood that most of the time I would have lost 

Marvin Burris
United States
Date: 2020-04-26

Purchased Cactus Juice and several dyes

I made an order on the turn Tex website. I live in south Texas. 
I ordered one morning and the next afternoon, my order arrived. 
It doesn’t get any better than that, folks. I haven’t tried the dyes yet but have used the juice. I’ll be ordering more soon! Ordering was as fast and painless as it gets! Thanks very much!

Brian Gildammer
Donna, Texas
Date: 2020-04-25

Great Products

The fastest shipping I have ever seen. Product comes as described, packed very well. Great company to do business with.

D. Sims
Date: 2020-04-24

Great job

Havent had a chance to start casting yet but almost have all my stuff. I ordered some alumilite and it came in in good shape and fast.

United States
Date: 2020-04-23

Great stuff

I’ve been using Cactus Juice for about a year now, it is top quality stuff always giving quality results. With all the knife shows closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic is nice to know there is a brand you can trust, that always has your back. 

United States
Date: 2020-04-23

Great service

I am new to wood stabilizing and resin casting. Turntex has tons of useful information to help me learn how to do it right. Website site was easy to use and order arrived promptly. I couldn't ask for anything more and will be ordering again.
Woodward OK
Date: 2020-04-23

Love this company

Great company to work with and super fast shipping!

Shannon Griffin
Meridian, MS
Date: 2020-04-23

great product

I have been stabilizing spalted   it turns soft in to solid turning blanks.

Robert Crockford
United States
Date: 2020-04-23

ordered cactus juice and alumilite

I went to Turntex to get some more cactus juice and Alumalite resin. I received it quickly after ordering. I was also glad to see he would work with individuals trying to make ends meet with his products.


Date: 2020-04-22

Turn Tex Customer

I have purchased Stabilization Units x3. Gallons of Cactus Juice, Alumlite and dye, and accessories from Curtis. All have arrived timely, well packaged and as promised. He has been responsive to all my emails and questions, helped me when running into a snag, and singly taught me to stabilize and cast. Because I have had the opportunity to meet him personally, its difficult for me to say, however, he has demonstrated himself as a true Southern Gentleman. I would recommend him and all his products without hesitation.

Bill Jurgensen

Omaha NE

william jurgensen
Date: 2020-04-20

The only way to go, in my mind

Curtis not only offers the best product and prices, but also great, fast customer service. I truly couldn't imagine a better source for stabilizing and casting supplies and resources!

Jesse Shadley
Date: 2020-04-20

A+ product and service

After researching and receiving many recommendations to use Cactus Juice for stabilizing my knife scales, I made an order. The ordering process was easy and the delivery time was very fast! I received it within 3 business days. (I live in Oregon). Very simple directions for use and I must say that this product is everything that I had read about. Awesome product! I will definitely keep using this! A big thanks to Turntex for the quick order turnaround and a great product!

Shawn McDaniel
Date: 2020-04-20

Awesome products, awesome service.

You simply can't go wrong with any of the TurnTex products, and service! Awesome USA company!

Matthew Marsh
United States
Date: 2020-04-20


Thank you for an awesome experience shopping. Prices are great, super fast shipping, and product quality is even better! If you need anything wood stabilizing from advice to equipment TurnTex is your place to turn to. This is my new go to for all of my resin needs as well! 

Semper Fi,

Joe Crust

Joe Crust
Boerne, TX
Date: 2020-04-19

Great products and customer service

Purchased cactus juice and a few different color dyes to stabilize a few burls and dye some rock maple got great results. Was very surproses by the thorough directions that Curtis included with his product will definitely recommend this product and company due to their great prpduct and the high level of customer service that is hard to find these days.
Joe Carey
United States
Date: 2020-04-19

Awesome service !!!

Great fast service and outstanding products. 
Easy to order on line . Website is full of useful information and professional help . 

James Harrison
Hillsboro MO
Date: 2020-04-19

Fastest Service Around

Any time I order something, Curtis makes sure it is delivered quickly. Great company to do business with!
Sharon Cagle Clark
United States
Date: 2020-04-19

Great Experience

Products were delivered in a timely and friendly manner.  Prices were better than Amazon.  I will definitely be visiting this website in the future for my casting and other neeeds.  Thank you.

Doug Deffenbaugh
San Pedro, CA
Date: 2020-04-19

Great Service

This is my first purchase from Turn Tex and the whole process was fast and easy. Shipping was fast and communication was very good. I like their friendly approach to business.
Date: 2020-04-19

Excellent Service

Excellent and fast service. Curtis has provide excellent support to pen turners for years both through IAP and his own site here. Not only was my order shipped right away but he honored the gift certificate I won that he had graciously donated to the IAP bash five years ago.  (What can I say, I'm getting back into casting again)  Casting with Alumilte Clear is nearly instant gratification with 1- 1/2 - 2 hr. demold time and you know it's fresh stock when you buy it here. Highly recommended! 

Lenny Howard
United States
Date: 2020-04-18


If these are the type of products you are searching for, do not hesitate to do business with these good folks. From the products to the customer service are all excellent. I can say I will be doing business with them again, and again.

Date: 2020-04-18

Great product with amazing customer service and support

Buying from TurnTex was a very positive experience from start to finish. Very easy to get ahold of and was willing to answer all the questions I had over the phone. Product was shipped and arrived very quickly and everything looked great. Great quality and the vacuum chamber functions flawlessly. 

Matt Wetterling
Fargo ND
Date: 2020-04-18

Outstanding Service

I have been using Cactus Juice for around 5 years.  I use it to stabilize various types of Burl wood as well as other types of wood that are not as dense as I would like.  I have never been disappointed with this product, I always get great results.

When I first started using Cactus Juice I was learning on the fly, trying to figure it out.  I sent numerous emails to Curtis asking very detailed questions and received prompt responses every time.  This level of customer service is becoming more and more difficult to find.  Turntex will always be my go to source for anything related to the Wood stabilizing process.

 Thanks for the great service.

Bob from Kentucky 

Bob Hall
Date: 2020-04-17

The best customer service

Curtis is a one man show. I have asked questions and personally talked to him on the phone about his product and is extremely helpful. You're not just buying from a company, but a person. He truly does care about his customers.
Date: 2020-04-17

Very cool & solid product, above & beyond customer service

I love working with wood, and this product is a game changer.  For me it's the best of both worlds being able to stabilize & even dye woods--even with multiple colors!--while enjoying the stability of resin.  Curtis & his TurnTex crew are fully invested in the community that this product supports, and that's pretty awesome to watch. ?

I appreciate the wealth of knowledge & information freely & patiently given.  As a result, I have made a few minor mistakes (my fault for thinking a little too far outside the box ?) but have been saved from numerous catastrophes that would have been.  

Following the carefully outlined best-practices for using Cactus Juice, it's a forgiving product that is well worth the money, even as a hobby; the wonderful customer service & welcoming community are certainly a prodigious cherry on top ?

Colby W. Reid
Tyler, TX
Date: 2020-04-16

First time purchaser/customer

Excellent communication and follows through with great prices and quick shipping. This company cares for its customers, they put their money where there mouth is and I hope it returns ten fold. Thank you!
Date: 2020-04-16

Great service!

Products arrived quickly and were in great packaging! I also found the site to be very helpful when trying to decide what supplies I would need to order!

Kristy Johns
Date: 2020-04-13

Cactus juice first order

I had been reading about Cactus Juice for some time and decided to order.  i couldn't have been more pleased with the service: courteous responses, quick turnaround, and admirable corporate policies.  What more could a craft maker want.

Dr. Mike, pen maker and other woodworking
Metro DC
Date: 2020-04-13

Excellent Customer Sevice

Curtis was very knowledgeable and helpful when placing our order.  He was able to answer all questions and make suggestions on color combinations.   He even invited us to join a Facebook group so we can see what others are able to create with color combinations.  

More businesses need to have the type of Customer Service TurnTex provides.  Outstanding product and service!  Thanks again!

Tifany Lenoir
Date: 2020-04-13

Products perfected.

I don't have a lot of experience using the products yet however I found it easy to use the first time around.  I have the TurnTex chamber and CJ.  I read the instructions several times and had one quick question answered and it was off and running.  Curtis has his act together with the service and products.  I'm looking forward to diving deeper into stabilizing.  

Franck Boynton
Northern Virginia.
Date: 2020-04-10

Very Unhappy I hate this product.

I just wasted 180 bucks. Really Bummed. . I used another product in the past and it worked fine. I switched over and gave it a test and it bubbled and disfigured like crazy.  I tested it several times and it continued to do the same thing. Just pouring it in a small cup and it fizzed. I have a bunch of art work i like to cover but it looks like you have to have a vacuum chamber etc. etc. for it to work..  Just lost 180 bucks . 

My Reply:  This customer purchased Alumilite Clear and failed to read the description, specifically this part "Alumilite Clear has a 7min open time and pressure casting is recommended to achieve bubble free results."  I replied to an e-mail from him asking what went wrong that he needed pressure.  He was using an epoxy in the past which is NOT the same as Alumilite Clear which is a urethane.  Using as directed, he would have had the results he was looking for.

Terrance Mallory
Date: 2020-04-10

Easy to use

I am using the stabilizing solution for some bowls I am turning, I found  it takes quite a bit for a few bowls that are spalted. The product is easy to use and cleans up easily, just make sure you have good ventilation. I drain my bowls on a grate before wrapping for the oven.

Edd M Langdon
United States
Date: 2020-04-10

Step up to the best

I like many started with a cheaper vacuum chamber step up.  I saved up the money to order a bigger chamber from TurnTex and there is not a comparison when it comes to not only fit and finish but actual performance.  I loaded the 6x16 up with as much wood as i could to test it out and it performed flawlessly.  It pulled the vacuum in a shorter time period with the exact same pump.  I never got any one bigger bubbles that I would get from the other chamber which I always suspected were due to bad seal someplace.

I love the way this performs and will only get future chambers from Curtis and Turn Tex.

Jonathan Cates
United States
Date: 2020-04-10

First time user

Product arrived ahead of time.

have only used once at the moment but product seems to work as advertised.


Las vegas
Date: 2020-04-10

great company and products

TurnTex / Curtis is a company that stands out in a sea of mediocre (or worse) companies who's only interest is getting at your money. Besides the products being great (and the industry standard), Curtis and his website provide all the information you need to use the products to their full potential, the warrantees and guarantees are as good as it gets, and you can actually get someone on the phone or an email without pain and suffering. Never had any issue with the vacuum chamber or the Juice or dyes. All have performed as advertised flawlessly. My orders have all shipped quickly and arrived well packaged. Thanks Curtis and TurnTex!
Yacolt, WA
Date: 2020-04-10

Outstanding product and service

Before switching to cactus juice, I used standard hardware store wood hardener. The quality here is so much better and it is practically odorless while it cures in the oven, which may have saved my marriage. Thanks! 

Michael Neff
United States
Date: 2020-04-10


Curtis offers superb customer service and products! Turn Tex_llc is my go to for any and all of my stabilizing needs! Thank you very much Curtis for providing an excellent product and services. 

Boise, ID
Date: 2020-04-10


everything was as advertised and received in bot good time and condition. Since i have not done any stabilization yet, I will be utilizing tutorials. Very highly recommend Turn Tex. 

Kathy Widmer
40 Monroe St Waterford Ct 06385
Date: 2020-04-09


Curtiss answered the phone just minutes before closing. He spent a considerable amount of time discussing with me the various properties between Alumilite Clear and Slow explaining the pros and cons of each for various applications. He further provided numerous tips for ensuring success as I delve into the casting process.

Ordered the gallon size of Alumilite Clear. Order place on Thursday, it was processed on Friday, I had delivery on Monday.  

With Curtiss's patience and willingness to share his knowledge I have every confidence that my casting efforts will be successful with far fewer "learning opportunities" than if I had watched YouTube videos.

Thanks, I'll be ordering again.



butch miller
Date: 2020-04-09

Great products from great people

Have been stabilizing some box elder burl and some pine cones for later resin casting. Cactus Juice from Turntex works great. Thank you Turntex!

Parker Colorado
Date: 2020-04-09

2nd jug!

Just got my second jug of Cactus Juice. Amazing how well it works when you do ALL of the steps that Curtis has listed. 

I think I've got a better handle now on ALL of the steps to successful dry blanks. I have them posted in the mixing area of my shop so I don't have to rely on my 68 year old memory cells...

Jim Kueck
Colorado Springs
Date: 2020-04-07

Great service

I have placed several orders with Turn Tex and received excellent service with each order. 

Daryl Parks
Date: 2020-04-07

You don't screw around...

I am impressed with your turn around on orders. I too ship quickly and appreciate when I do business with others who value just in time shipping. The products do what they claim and your website is informative. I am prototyping new products while this corona virus shutdown is going on so I am pleased to find I can rely on your support for this. As soon as I get a paint pot I will order some Alumalite resin and work up some molds. That is my next phase. Thanks for being there when we need it.

Jason Alan Adams
United States
Date: 2020-04-05


Very fast shipping Great product I have used nothing else but Turn-Tex Cactus Juice for my wood stabilizing.

I hand forge knives and I want the best looking natural handle I can get. I tried it with some Spalted Maple and I was very impressed with the results great penetration

and hard as a rock.  Thank you for your product it's great. ! 

United States
Date: 2020-04-05

Quality Product with Valuable Guides

I purchased the vacuum stabilizing chamber from TurnTex primarily for stabilizing knife blanks and received a quality product with quality components. I am more than happy with the purchase.The guides and information provided get you up and going in no time. They are well written and laid out in an easy to follow manner. I appreciate the attention to detail and their removing most of the guess work (if not all of it). Looking forward to years of use with this product.

John McNeil
Billings, MT
Date: 2020-04-05