Watco danish oil on a humidor?

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Forum topic by jayjay posted 01-26-2010 10:09 PM 1790 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2010 10:09 PM

Will this type of oil finish be okay to use on a humidor or should I use something else? I’m getting ready to start building some humidors out of cherry and walnut, lined with spanish cedar. I would like to use the Watco natural finish oil on the outside of the box. I’ve never used this particular oil on my projects, but I like the finishes that I’ve seen with this oil. I’m just concerned that the oil soaking through and affecting the cigar flavor. Any thoughts?

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 10:35 PM

As long as you are just using it on the outside of the box, there is no problem.

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 10:52 PM

Try shellac.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 04:59 AM

Jason, I believe you concerns are viable ones. I would agree with Randy as for the shellac. Watco would probably be ok, but I’d hate to take a chance on some high dollar Cubans!

Generally, once the solvents are gone in a finish, so will be the smell. I would give it at least a few days to dry if you choose the Watco. Shellac…a couple of hrs.

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 05:10 AM

Hey Jason
I would go with another finish. depending on temperature and humidity it could take weeks for it to dry and like others have said it should not be used on the inside any how.

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 05:28 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve never used shellac before, however, I’m willing to give it a try. I’ll read up a bit on how to apply it, but if any of you have any tips to offer, I’d appreciate it.

I do plan on finishing only the outside, the inside will remain all natural.

Thanks again.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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