I have been playing around with stabilizing wood. Results have been favorable enough that I am overhauling (actually scrapping old and building new) my set-up. It's nothing terribly fancy, still powered by a brake line vac hand pump, but I'm going to try to make it work in some larger containers. I need wood! I have some pieces that are a little too nice to experiment on, and I have some cherry, buckeye and locust cuttings that won't be seasoned until next year. What I really need are some larger pieces (in both length and thickness-up to twelve inches long and four inches around.) of hardwoods. Like the idiot I am, I didn't cut off any chunks of the walnut and oak that Hollow Dweller had at the Khon- that would have been perfect. HD, If you still have that stuff, could you lop me off a chunk or two and send it? I'll pay for your trouble and shipping. Brian In Chi- I am %99 and 44/100ths sure that your "chinese 2 X 4" is maple or an eastern cousin thereof. I sanded it down, and the end grain is quite distinctive. If you have any more of it lying around, the same deal for HD applies to you. If anyone else has any slightly-oversized pieces that they don't plan to use, shoot me an email or a PM. I don't want you really good stuff, I just don't want pine, plywood or old picnic tables. Thanks a bunch, guys!