Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
Question for Russ Fairfield

Bill Neddow
>Russ, I would like to draw on your vast knowledge of chemicals, if I may. I am about to embark on an experiment with alcohol drying. I have located a source for denatured alcohol. But in a recent discussion on the World of Woodturners, mineral spirits were mentioned as an alternative. It is certainly much easier to get here in Canada. The reference is in the "News" section of WOW on page 782. The series of messages is labeled "re:Prime Minister takes Don Thur bowl to Texas". The reference is toward the end of the series of message where Don replies.

For those who do not have access to WOW, the jist of the argument is that Mineral Spirits are very cheap, and are not chemically the same as Methyl Hydrate, which is poisonous. Mineral spirits are in most finishes, including those advertised to be food safe after drying. Thus they are safe for speeding up the drying of bowls.

I really would appreciate hearing your reaction. (I tried e-mailing you but the message would not go through.)

(Would also like to hear from others with experience in this.)

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