First post here. I’ve built a blanket chest and am layering the inside bottom with aromatic Cedar. I built one 15 yrs. ago and used a Water Based finish inside and out without a problem. I read an article somewhere recently where a Water Based finish on the underside of a chest lined with cedar became sticky. It was decided the Cedar Fumes reacted with the finish. I don’t recall what I used with success on the first one I built. So now I’m concerned about how to proceed. I had thought I would finish the interior with Shellac to cover the smell of the stain (only the bottom is lined and I want the interior to match the exterior) and not introduce any additional odors. The exterior will be finished with Minwax wipe on Poly. Any thoughts on Cedar Fumes reacting with Shellac? I will be using premixed shellac off the shelf.
Edit. I’m aware that finish isn’t neccesarily needed in the interior, but the top is 20″x45″ and I don’t want to finish just the outside. That is a recipe for warping. Plus, I want the interior stained and that will need to be finished to seal in the odor.
Edited 12/10/2008 4:46 pm ET by stevenaa