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camps764

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530 days ago

Good morning ya’ll!

Boy scouts honor I tried searching for this before asking, so please be gentle :)

Does anyone have recommendations for a low odor finish that I could use on a clothes hamper project that I am planning?

I built a blanket chest a while back and used a wipe on/wipe off mix of Poly/BLO/Mineral spirits (which I love normally) but after after a few months the inside of the blanket chest still stinks to high heaven.

I guess I could just use a wipe on and let the thing sit open for a few weeks to cure up, but I would prefer something that I can finish the inside with that won’t take months to stop stinkin’

Would a wipe on Poly do the trick? Was the BLO the culprit due to it’s long curing time?

Is there something else out there that would work better?

Another alternative would be to leave the inside unfinished, but this hamper will live in the bathroom and I am concerned about uneven moisture absorption/loss.

Thanks in advance folks!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com


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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 530 days ago

Waterborne poly for a clear, or high gloss latex/acrylic for painted.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Don W

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#2 posted 530 days ago

water base and leave the top open till dry.

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Cosmicsniper

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#3 posted 530 days ago

Waterborne poly or shellac….I’d lean toward the waterborne poly due to potential moisture getting on the shellac.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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camps764

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#4 posted 530 days ago

Thanks everyone!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#5 posted 530 days ago

Shellac. Once the alcohol evaporates, there is no smell at all.

I have furniture that has interior parts finished with waterborne that smelled for YEARS when we’d open a drawer. On many projects, I normally use no finish at all, and white pine or cedar drawer boxes.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 530 days ago

I think shellac would be good in this application.

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David Dean

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#7 posted 530 days ago

In the frist place you dont stain the inside of a chest poeple love the smell of frash wood.

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camps764

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#8 posted 530 days ago

Looks like Shellac will be the way to go…I’ve never used it before so this will be a learning experience.

David – great point. I only finished the sides and the lid of the chest. The floor of the chest is cedar and I left it raw. I wanted to finish the inside to try and equalize moisture retention. Guess there’s that old saying about hindsight.

Really appreciate everyone weighing in on this!

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Clint Searl

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#9 posted 530 days ago

You’ll be sorry.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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camps764

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#10 posted 530 days ago

Clint – does the shellac carry an odor in your opinion? Genuinely interested to hear your perspective, I see you post a lot of great knowledgeable stuff on other threads.

-- Steve. Visit my website http://www.campbellwoodworking.com

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Clint Searl

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#11 posted 528 days ago

camps, although dried shellac has no odor, I think in your application it’s just not robust enough to withstand the moisture and humidity that it’ll experience, especially on the interior. On the other hand, naturally odorless waterborne poly would protect the exterior and interior from the dampness.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Wdwerker

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#12 posted 528 days ago

I would vote for the water based finishes . Easy to use and no solvents needed to clean up either. Much better at excluding moisture and the smells related to dirty clothes.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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