Overwhelming Moth Smell in Antique Dresser

Old 07-17-01, 08:45 AM
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A friend has a beautiful family antique dresser late 1800's in excellent condition on the outside. However when you open the drawers you are overwhelmed with a moth/camphor smell that is unbearable. She has tried to air out the drawers but as she lives in a hot/humid climate she cannot leave them out for long periods of time. Nothing has lessended the order to date...and she is reluctant to try any solvents that may mar the integrity of the wood. Please...any suggestions?????
Old 07-18-01, 03:54 PM
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The best solution I know of is to apply a 'wash' coat of shellac - that's regular shellac thinned 2:1 (alcohol to shellac).

One coat applied to ALL the bare wood - the inside, back and sides (and the bottom) of the drawers, as well as all the interior frame work...any wood at lal that doesn't currently have a finish.

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