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