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Forum topic by pintodeluxe posted 460 days ago 618 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pintodeluxe

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460 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: aromatic cedar drawers dresser dressers finishing shellac lacquer wax

I am building two dressers. The drawers are poplar with aromatic cedar bottoms. It is actually 1/4” plywood, but even the veneer has that great cedar smell. I usually spray drawers with lacquer like the rest of the carcass, but I wonder will the cedar smell remain?
Jeff Jewitt prefers to shellac drawers to avoid the chemical smell of lacquer. I have noticed that a distinct lacquer smell remains for quite some time inside drawers.

Any advise for finishing aromatic cedar to keep the cedar scent? I would like more protection than just paste wax.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush


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#1 posted 460 days ago

Don’t finish them. They don’t need any protection.

-- Joe

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 460 days ago

Thanks for your input Joe.
What do others do?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 459 days ago

If you finish them you will lose the effect of the cedar, leave ‘em raw.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 459 days ago

Willie, like already mentioned, leave ‘em raw. I usually build dressers with dust panels between the drawers and I make them out of aromatic cedar, since it’s somewhat soft. This allows the drawers to have the cedar smell, without compromising the strength of the drawer bottoms. Also, when the smell of cedar starts to fade, you can either re-sand the panels or apply a coat of 100% cedar oil, to bring the aroma back. http://www.simsupply.com/p-29238-8oz-cedar-oil.aspx

-- Tim

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