Blanket Chest #8: Charles Neil Answers!

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-21-2015 04:57 PM 737 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recalled how Charles Neil has stated that he “always” places finish on both sides of a board. That statement was very profound so I felt compelled to ask him if I should finish the inside of my blanket chest. Can’t hurt to ask, right?

I wrote him late last night. He is two time zones ahead of me. He took time to answer little ol’ me. I had his written advice waiting for me to read early this morning. Here it is, all of it:

“I finish inside and out on everything, different finishes can emit a smell , in the case of drawers and chest, it’s a matter of simply letting the finish cure, with the drawers left open as well as the chest.

“Shellac is a good sealer for the inside, as well as a water base finish which will have the least smell. I also after 4 or 5 days, usually light scuff sand the inside and apply a thin coat of a good wax, this seems to eliminate any smell and give a nice feel. I usually use come 600 to do the scuff and either use some Briwax or Renaissance , both of these seem to dry to a good harder film than other waxes, I have never had an issue with either .

“The whole key is to just simply let the finish cure ..AKA Gas off, usually about 10 days .


I couldn’t get better professional advice than that. I will follow his instructions, to the letter. And at the end: “Let it “gas off, usually about 10 days”...

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 07:46 PM

Glad I could help

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 07:57 PM

Good info.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 02:20 AM

Great info from Charles.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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