I’ve been working on a table. Everything is done except for the clear finish. I’m using Minwax gloss polyurethane. During the summer months, I would apply a coat, roll it on a rollaround table thingy I have into the front room, and spend my time working on something else while that coat dries. Well, it is not the summer months, and I can’t do that. No, instead, I have to keep the drying project on my main work table and keep a fire going to keep it warm enough for the finish to dry properly.
All this gives me plenty of time to watch finish dry. It also gives me time to come up with interesting things to fill that time.
Today, while watching that coat of polyurethane dry, I thought of an interesting scientifically experiment to do concerning the poly.
1. Slap on a thin coat on a scrap piece of wood.
2. Go in the yard and break off a piece of browning, dead blade of grass.
3. Lay the board beside the blade of grass.
4. Pull out some measuring tool, a tape measure, a micrometer, a banana, and a carrot.
5. Attatch the tape measure on your belt.
6. Set up the micrometer to measure dead grass growth.
7. Eat the carrot and banana.
8. Go find a pad of paper and a pencil.
9. Put the pencil behind your ear to look smart.
10. Throw the pad of paper in the fire. It’s drafty in a large shop.
11. Test the board every fifteen minutes by licking it. Tastes bad.
12. Check the dead grass blade growth every fifteen minutes.
13. When the finish on the board no longer tastes bad or makes the room spin, write down the results.
It is official in my highly scientifically experiment.
In a cool shop, Minwax Gloss Poyurethane dries at about the same rate as a brown, dead blade of grass grows.
Inquiring minds wanted to know.
Maybe I should use my respirator more often.