Had guy the other day tell me that he puts his wood in the freezer before turning. Says it don't tear out as bad. If there is anything to this maybe someone will verify.
I got thinking about that, at first I figured it wouldn't work in my case because the wood is super dry-so it wouldn't freeze. But if I was looking for something homemade to soak them in, why not water? The water soaked into the softer wood like a sponge, and I threw them in the freezer.
I already had some blanks cut with the tube glued is that I had set aside because I was having troubles with them (hence the original question), why not try one? Won't cost nothing.
I figured the friction of the tools would thaw the wood before I got where I needed to be, it didn't. The heat caused by the friction of sanding dried the wood again.
Pen turning was the only place I was having so much trouble. I was able to turn them all the way down without tear out. You just have to really glue the blanks in to hold the little bit of wood that is left on the tubes.
There there are obvious disadvantages, like you can only drag one set out of the freezer at a time. But some advantages too, no worries chemicals in the wood making the finish fail if the stabilizer/varnish aren't compatible. And breathing those chemicals (even though I use special precaution with spalted wood anyway, but the frozen wood didn't create dust either)
I would call it a success overall. Easy and cheap, and I will do it with more.