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Forum topic by diamondpony posted 01-13-2013 06:11 PM 519 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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diamondpony

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01-13-2013 06:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: unwanted odour oil smells question tip

Hi everyone, this has been a problem with me since I started to make boxes. How do I get rid of the lingering odour of the oil finish applied to the inside of the box? I’ve tried scented candles (no help) and have just now put in tea bags (read somewhere that they will help eliminate the smells), but am not confident. Hoping that some of you might be able to recommend a sure fire way to solve this dilemma.

Wishing all of you an awesome 2013,

Reider

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 06:28 PM

Try putting a piece of charcoal inside for a day or two. Works on refridgerators.

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 07:13 PM

Use a different finish.

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 07:16 PM

I don’t build boxes, but I only use shellac, or nothing, on the insides of drawers, for the same reason.

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 07:28 PM

I agree don’t use long drying oil finishes for inside of boxes . try wiping the inside down with Naphtha let dry then place a heat lamp over it for a day or two making sure it’s not close enough to anything as to start a fire.

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 08:27 PM

Just a quick coat of Zinsser Seal Coat shellac thinned 50/50 with denatured alcohol.
Bill

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 12:58 AM

Thanks to you all. Tim, I will try shellac as I don’t like to leave the wood bare.

Bill, do you mean to put the thinned shellac over the oil to cover it and get rid of the odour or to use it on future boxes?

Reid

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 03:01 AM

You can put a coat of shellac over the oil based finish and it will stop the smell. I experimented with shellac over Blo to see how soon I could cover it. I applied BLO, rubbed until it felt reasonably dry and applied shellac immediately. Much to my suprise it worked just fine! I just used the Zinsser shellac (not the dewaxed Seal Coat).

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