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Around The Coffeepot Ramblings #48: Seriously Scientific Stuff

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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.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/



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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 639 days ago

So what color is the summer time roll around table thingy???

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eddie

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#2 posted 639 days ago

i tried that experiment where you messed up was the banana , ,use a apple and you will find better results ,now where did i put that cap for my glue bottle

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#3 posted 639 days ago

having worked construction
where speed is all important

a little dusting of sawdust works

when you can blow it off
the poly is dry

best to do this on a different board
every 15 minutes
so you can see which one is dry

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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boxcarmarty

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#4 posted 639 days ago

David, If you get enough sawdust on there it will protect the finish…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 639 days ago

So what does Minwax Gloss Poyurethane taste like and are there other flavor combinations available?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#6 posted 639 days ago

Marty, the summer time roll around table thingy is rainbow colored, since I use it for paint, stain, finish, and pretty much anything I need to be able to roll out of the way.

Eddie, but I like bananas.

Patron, I’ll have to add that into my scientific experiment next time.

Actually, I got a late start today and knew when I applied the first coat that it would be tomorrow before I could get the second coat done. There just wasn’t going to be enough time for it to dry enough for me to sand and recoat today.
However, I tried to think of a funny way to express my boredom of today. In the winter, I can’t do much while waiting on finish besides keep the fire stoked.
I did sharpen some chisels and plane irons today. Other than that, all I done was drank a lot of coffee and thumb through the new WoodCraft catalog that came in the mail today.
I seen some things in that calalog I really liked. Then I went and opened up my book where I keep up with my bank account. It laughed at me.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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William

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#7 posted 639 days ago

Well Randy, Minwax Gloss Polyurethane tastes just like Minwax Satin Polyurethane.
It’s got a taste all it’s own.
You ought to try it sometime.
It also makes a great marinade for steaks.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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patron

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#8 posted 639 days ago

you are fuzzy sharp tonight marty

you are saying i’d be better off to use
old wet particle board for these projects

it already has the look
and i can just pour the poly on
and use a fork to spread it

i like it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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DIYaholic

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#9 posted 639 days ago

Does it add a woody flavor our is it more of a “sweet & sour” thing going on???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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William

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#10 posted 639 days ago

No it doesn’t add a woody flavor.
You have to keep sawdust in your salt shaker for the woody flavor.
I keep oak, pecan, pine, and cherry on my table.
What?
Noone else likes sawdust seasoning?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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