I'm very much a newbie and have little experience. We just made a
dresser out of birch wood (from Home Depot), and polyurethane all the
exposed wood. It has been a month and we still can't use it, as
clothes take on a strong raw wood-like smell. I thought about maybe
varnishing the inside to seal the wood. Would that make a difference?
What would you recommend to get rid of this odor?? Any help would be
appreciated. Thanks, Ray
Generally, it is the varnish (polyurethane) that is the culprit. However,
if it is truly the wood, get either Deft brushing lacquer or a clear shellac
sealer made by Zinzzer. Both should be available at the local Borg. These
two finishes will dry and leave no smell.
The built in dresser made for my wife used Baltic Birch for drawers
and complaints about odor in clothing started about 2 days after
completion. Took the drawers into the garage and wiped shellac on
inside and outside of drawers and reinstalled within an hour and
nothing since. If these were inside a newly built wooden case the
insides of that would need coating also to be on the safe side.
On Wed, 04 Feb 2004 15:59:54 GMT, "Preston Andreas"
email@example.com (RayRay) wrote in message
I was always of the understanding that if you finish one side of your
wood but not the other you will have problems as the unfinished side
absorbs moisture at a different rate than the finished side. For that
reason alone I would finish the inside and hopefully it will solve
your other problem.
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