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I am working on finishing a cigar humidor. It has been dyed with a dark brown water based dye stain. I will put a couple coats of shellac on it and then a couple top coats of semi-gloss oil & urethane (Arm-R-Seal by General Finishes). Normally on a humidor I don't put any fi ish on the edges of the box and lid where the two make contact for fear of them sticking together over time if the box is left closed for a long period. Am I being paranoid? I would really like to put a clear coat on the edges of this one. I think it would look nicer.

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That's called "blocking"...where the two like finishes stick to each other. Just give it a longer cure time. It could take several weeks to a month plus.




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Normally on a humidor I don't put any finish on the edges of the box and lid where the two make contact for fear of them sticking together over time if the box is left closed for a long period. Am I being paranoid? I would really like to put a clear coat on the edges of this one. I think it would look nicer.
A bigger issue is that oil based finishes off-gas as long as they are curing and they cure forever. If you apply an oil based finish to the inside surfaces, any contents will pick up the odor of the finish forever.

Use only shellac, lacquer or a waterbased product on interior surfaces.

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Finishing adds more beauty to the furniture. It gives the great look to the furniture and without the proper finishing, it does not look completely nice.

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Ken,
I used shellac followed by lacquer on my humidor and finished the inside and outside BEFORE I lined the inside and lid with spanish cedar, which I left unfinished. I have no problem with the lid sticking and like cabbie said, once the lacquer is completely cured, there is no odor.
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