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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-09-2014, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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I'm doing some staining tests in wood with recessed letters. A good amount of stain, poly, and shellac got into the recessed areas and not sure it will dry anytime soon.

We have a rack for our dryer that we can use for shoes, but I thought what the heck let's try it with the copius amount of leftover stain.

Here it is , I put the dryer on delicate temp, the lowest setting. Any cause for concern with fumes or anything? It's not overly odorous...



Ever done something like this??

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I would be a little concerned. The solvent for shellac is alcohol. I would only use air and no heat.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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There are 3 items on the board, Shellac, Poly and a regular minwax stain.

The shellac and the poly appear to have dried further, but the stain is still wet in some places. And this is after sitting for about 24 hours drying in the garage.

One unintended side effect is the wood warped a little bit. I tried different heat levels eventually going to the hottest, I'm sure this hurt the wood itself than help the actual stain.

I'd need to try it more, but I think lower temps for longer might be ok for lighter coats perhaps.

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Have not tried the dryer, but I often use a vented electric kitchen oven @ 125~150 degrees F. It works great , also use a dedicated crock pot with a ceramic liner for hot oils & waxes (set on low) and this also is great.

disclaimer: Caution, Charles is correct as these are combustibles and unless you know what you are doing this is not an endorsement, recommendation or effort to get anyone else to do the same (lawyers, you know).

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Your Insurance company might consider this ARSON!
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If I tried that, Joy would get out her #6 rebar and make dents in my already non-spherical noggin, no thank you. I build abaci (the plural form of the word abacus) and have my own cute little way of drying them - maybe you remember when people would use "clotheslines" stretched across their yards to dry their clothing - similar to that, but indoors - rather than string or rope - I have inverted T-Track and use T-Bolts and knobs.
It works for me. I add them to one end and remove them from the other - kinda like a pizza oven. It works for me.

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Lol, thanks guys. No harm done, good to get your opinions on this method, appreciate it.

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Hi Zach
I have never used the dryer but I have used the convection oven on the dehydration cycle and it worked wonderfully. It was a poyurethane finish and for some reason remained tacky after 24 hours but overnight in the oven solved the problem. There was no odor in the kitchen and only a very mild odor in the oven no more than the usual odor you get from newly finished projects. I didn't think there should be any fire hazard with such low temperatures and the bulk of the volatile products would have evaporated in the first 24 hours.

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That's a smart way of doing that Dennis.

Even after 48 hours, and the small time spent in the drier, the stain still isn't close to being dry in the recessed areas. Other than 'painting' it in the small areas, not sure how to apply the stain without it getting stuck down there.

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