What to put over BLO?

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Forum topic by Tom posted 09-19-2019 02:32 PM 439 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2019 02:32 PM

I recently made a shelf to store my cutting board inventory and finished the shelf with BLO. it’s been 4 days…and it still smells. What can I put on it to get rid of the BLO smell or do I need to put it outside for a week to dry? I was thinking maybe paste wax…i didn’t want to poly coat it. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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#1 posted 09-19-2019 02:33 PM


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#2 posted 09-19-2019 02:59 PM

+1 shellac. However, I think most any oil based film finish will accomplish the same thing. But, let the BLO thoroughly cure before you apply anything else to it. A week outdoors (not in the sun and weather) is a good idea. Odor aside, a good film finish will give you a more durable storage surface.

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#3 posted 09-19-2019 03:53 PM

I doubt a week would be enough to eliminate the odor (though it will be mostly cured), it will off-gas for some time. Shellac should seal it in.

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#4 posted 09-19-2019 05:20 PM

When I use BLO I cut it with MS, 50/50 is standard, and this makes the mix smell like MS more than the oil, and it helps the oil dry faster.

Usually, I either shellac to finish, or, if I want to keep the wood more natural-looking and feeling, I oil, sand fine, oil, sand finer, then buff-out with beeswax at least twice.

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#5 posted 09-19-2019 05:30 PM

If you put shellac over the BLO, you don’t need to wait for it to cure. The shellac will still adhere and seal in the smell.

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#6 posted 09-19-2019 05:36 PM

Since you don’t want to use poly, I assume you’re staying away from film finishes altogether, which would include shellac. The best thing to do at this point is be patient and wait. Other than temperature, nothing will speed the curing process. Cutting it with a solvent only speeds the drying time, it still has to cure.

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#7 posted 09-19-2019 05:57 PM

Thanks for the info. Today it’s going back into the garage where it will sit until it stops smelling…or I buy some shellac and use that. I didn’t want to use poly because no matter what I do I’m never happy with the results.

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