|Forum topic by A.W. "Pappy" Ford||posted 10-17-2007 08:59 PM||1077 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
10-17-2007 08:59 PM
I’m in a bit of a conundrum. Tried searching the forums but didn’t see anything with this particular topic, so I apologize if this is a repeat.
I recently finished a vegetable storage box for my wife’s pantry. I finished it with 2 coats Varithane cabernet stain inside and out, and 3 coats Minwax poly on the exterior surfaces. After the whole thing was done I let it sit for about a week, lined the interior with burlap, and gave it to her to use. Nothing in the product warnings or labels made me believe there was a problem with this.
Then last night I go in the pantry and the smell from the finish is so strong I cant stand it, and when I open the lid it was even worse. I didnt trust anything we’d put in there as it all smelled like it had been soaked in the stain so threw it all out. Call me a stupid newbie, but I hadn’t even thought about the chemical impact of finishes on food storage.
Did I not let it “cure” long enough? Use the wrong finish products for foods? Is the whole thing a wasted project? Time to strip it, or worse just throw it out? The last thing in the world I want to do is poison my family. It kinda freaked me out I guess and has me scared to do anything else on the projects I’d had lined up to rebuild her pantry…
Any pointers, corrections, guidance, tongue lashings, beatings, etc. are greatly appreciated.
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