Finishing Wisdom #1: Acetone

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 06-01-2007 06:29 PM 919 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a quick lesson learned. I buy most chemicals in the bulk quantities. I need a little acetone so I was going to pour into a cup to avoid using the large tub of acetone. I learned that acetone in a Styrofoam cup is much like Styrofoam in a camp fire!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 06:33 PM

Oops! Lesson learned.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 07:37 PM

Grin. Yeah, my parents used to say, of any operation involving coordination and potential spills, “you hold the narrow neck bottle, I’ll pour in the universal solvent”, which, at some early age, made me ask what you’d use to contain the universal solvent.

Styrofoam ain’t it…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 06-02-2007 12:10 AM

Chemistry and woodworking! A beautiful combination, eh? Without chemistry, the early Arts and Crafts woodworkers would never have understood the fuming process in oak, we wouldn’t know that black pipe on wood would cause stains, we wouldn’t have any of the magical finishing options available to us like polyurethanes, dyes and stains….

Thankfully, a small mishap like that prolly didn’t make too much of a mess or create a hazardous situation, right?

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#4 posted 06-02-2007 05:31 AM

I saw a demo on Letterman some years back (they brought in kid science fair projects – odd for late night, eh?) and I got a kick out of how a small amount of some fluid (could have been acetone, or similar) could “hold” an unlimited amount of styrofoam peanuts. Disolved them much faster than water can “take out” a sink full of the starchy kind.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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