Wood with soaked in petroleum - shellac?

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Forum topic by justinwdemoss posted 06-25-2012 08:25 PM 1315 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2012 08:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: petroleum petroleum stain stain on wood sealing grease stain grease work bench workbench shellac

I recently scored a C. Christenson Workbench on C-list, while all vises are in good working order and the cabinet base is solid, the top has had some combination of motor oil and grease soaking into it for a couple of decades. I removed the majority of the gunk, and the maple top is going to always have the stain, but I wanted to seal it so that the oil can’t wick back out. The odor is still there after sanding and sanding produces oil clogged sand paper.

Does anyone have any thoughts on a sealer? I have thinking wax free shellac?

Thanks in advance


-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 08:28 PM

That would probably work. It seals sap pretty well.

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 09:14 PM

that’s what I would use.

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 09:46 PM

is it possible to turn the top upside down? I once had an old school bench where the top was ruined but when the beech planks were turned over they were fine.

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