Finishing dresser with Arm-R-Seal

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Forum topic by Scott C. posted 04-01-2013 10:27 PM 791 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott C.

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04-01-2013 10:27 PM

I’m making some night stands and dressers and need advice on the finish. They are constructed of Baltic birch carcasses and drawers with false front drawers and seperate panels that mount to the sides and top. Not sure if carcass is the right term here, fully enclosed box with BB ply for the sides and back, dust panels for the top bottom and middle. I’ve had great success with wiping Arm-R-Seal in the past but I’m worried about my clothes smelling if I go with that for the finish. I thought about using something like danish oil followed with shellac and a water based poly, but I don’t want to ruin these pieces while I perfect my brushing technique with the WB poly.

Since the clothes would never come in contact with the arm-r-sealed pieces should I be worried about the smell? The drawers and carcass will have a spit coat of shellac on them to.

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 11:35 PM

don’t worry about the smell… after it cures it has no smell

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 11:49 PM

Danish Oil can take a long time to cure,I would not use it in side drawers. There’s no problem with water base material going over shellac.

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#3 posted 04-02-2013 12:07 AM

Keep it simple; waterborne poly is all that’s needed; shellac would serve no purpose; poly is self “sealing.”

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