|Forum topic by ubermick||posted 67 days ago||431 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
67 days ago
Jebus. So I finished my first “ambitious” project, an astronomy eyepiece case. I based the design off a commercial wooden case, and since they use Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish their cases, I followed their lead and used it on mine.
While I’m certainly not a fan of the stuff now (hindsight being 20/20), I’m now somewhat married to it since the inside and outside was finished with it, and there’s no getting it off. The last coat was applied Saturday, and on Sunday I moved the case outside to air out (we’ve been getting unseasonably warm weather of late, so it’s been clear with temps in the mid 60s/low 70s all week) and moving it back inside at sundown. Five days of that, though, and the finish still absolutely reeks.
Since this case will hold pushing $1,000 worth of sensitive coated optics, it’s unusable as long as this is going on. So anyone got any advice to speed up the destankification process? Is this something that needs patience, or am I potentially screwed?
-- Gaz. Irishman who lives in the San Francisco area, and tends to ruin more wood than he should.