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    Sealing Danish Oil

    Twenty or more years ago I made a birch Campaign Desk with more drawers in it than I can count. I finished the project with Watco Danish Oil. It looks good, but even after all these years the drawers all have the petroleum smell of the Danish Oil. Any thoughts on the best way to seal the drawer interiors? Not a super fan of shellac, and afraid it might change the color or sheen (currently no sheen at all). Thanks for the advice!

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    You can use shellac or a waterborne finish to seal in the odor.
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    Thanks Jim, so like some satin Polycrylic or General Finishes High performance? I'd always been taught keep oil with oil, water with water when applying finishes.

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    What Jim said. I only finish interiors with shellac or a waterborne product. Oil product smells in contained spaces last . . . well, you already know ;-) You could also leave the compartments open and put a fan on it for a few days and see if that helps.
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    We've had issues with waterbourne finishes over danish oil. They seem to cloud up. Regular lacquer and conversion varnish don't seem to cause this issue.

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    Clear shellac is recommended as a base or cover coat because it will stick to anything and anything will stick to it.
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    okay guys, sounds like I'll go with shellac. Thanks everyone.

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    A 1 pound cut of super blonde should do it with minimal color change.

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