I will just need to have the tank made. One that wont collapse under the pressure and the length of the ramrods. It will make the rods very strong. I will look into the tank cost and could do a lot of rods at the same time.You should do a test and do a destructive test on rods treated and not. Then tell us if it’s works and if the cost is justified. I’d like to know because I had to replace my favorite rifle’s ram rod after just 30 years of use.
pvc is a great idea. I stabilize wood and antlers in a liquid called "cactus juice". I do it on them for people wanting to make knife handles. After I have done it the wood and antlers still look the same but they are stronger than a hard plastic. I will give the pvc or metal pipe some thought. ThanksCould use a PVC pipe for a tank.
A stuff called Cactus Juice is very popular in knife making to stabilize wood handles, and is exactly what you're describing. Viscosity like water, soaks in very deep, and requires a bake to cure the epoxy.I would experiment with epoxy diluted in a solvent. I am thinking a high vacuum as used in air conditioner servicing. Submerge the rod in the pipe, cap it, pump it down wait a bit, release the vacuum. The epoxy would rush into the wood and strengthen it. The solvent will need experimentation. It will boil under vacuum, some more than others. You will want to look at vapor pressures.
Or you can make a steel range rod....
I have a vacuum for stabilizing horn antlers (scales) and wood. It basically turns wood and antlers into plastic. Would this work for really strengthening ramrods? Would it be worth my effort?
Here's what I would do.I will just need to have the tank made. One that wont collapse under the pressure and the length of the ramrods. It will make the rods very strong. I will look into the tank cost and could do a lot of rods at the same time.
Very well thought out appalachian. You are right, I will have to bake it. I will look into this. On knife scales I just use a small counter top electric oven. Thanks Man.Here's what I would do.
Get a piece of 1/2" steel pipe that's at least 16" longer than your ramrod, and two steel end caps. Drill and tap one for a vacuum fitting. The non drilled cap is the bottom of the chamber, get a good seal when you tighten the cap on. The drilled cap is the top. Place your ramrod inside and fill the pipe with Cactus Juice just enough to cover the ramrod. Leave plenty of airspace so you're not drawing Juice into your pump. Screw on and tighten well the top cap. Apply a crap load of vacuum and let 'er cook for a couple three hours.
To "bake" the ramrod after vacuum use another piece of black pipe that's larger in diameter. Leave both ends open. Place a metal washer over each end of the ramrod at the very ends. This will hold the ramrod up off the bottom of the pipe as it lays flat on your bench.
Arrange a hair dryer in one end of the pipe and let it blow hot air through the pipe and around the ramrod for a couple hours.
On second thought laying the baking arrangement flat might induce a warp in the ramrod. Maybe a vertical hanging arrangement might work better. Blow the heat up from the bottom.Very well thought out appalachian. You are right, I will have to bake it. I will look into this. On knife scales I just use a small counter top electric oven. Thanks Man.
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