|Forum topic by tommytenspeed||posted 05-13-2014 10:09 PM||670 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
05-13-2014 10:09 PM
I recently tried my hand at a cedar lined hope chest; it turned out well except for one thing that I am hoping someone can help me with.
Once I completed the build I got busy and did not finish it (applied a natural stain to the oak but did not lacquer it and left the cedar raw). I closed the lid and there it sat for a couple of months. When I came back to it the inside of the lid was covered with a very sticky substance; in fact, every square inch of the inside that was not cedar was coated with this sticky substance. The cedar was unaffected as were the areas of the lid that did not directly communicate with the interior (i.e. around the edges).
Could it be that the cedar off-gassed leaving this “sap” covering everything? Which begs the question, “If I had sealed the oak would the cedar still have off-gassed and left the sticky substance on the wood anyway? And, what is to prevent this from happening once I seal it and put it into service. I have never seen raw wood do this. Any help?