I have a couple of burls I've harvested from some trees on my family's property that will make nice turnings and knife scales. There are probably some voids in there and the wood is probably a little soft or prone to cracking if I try to machine it.
Commercial wood stabilization systems are pretty dang expensive. We've had a couple questions on what stabilization is and stabilizing green wood (that one not really related to my question), but no questions on how to do it cheaply.
Is there a more homebrew (read: cheap) way to stabilize wood? I'm talking about the system where you submerge the piece in resin, draw a vacuum, and bake the piece to set the resin.
I already have a toaster oven that would work for baking the pieces, and I assume the resin is an unavoidable cost. What I'm missing is the vacuum chamber.