My husband made me a stained and varnished oak breadbox. Any bread I put in it has a funny taste. How can I fix it?

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My husband made me a stained and varnished oak breadbox. Any bread I put in it has a funny taste. How can I fix it?

Asked by Victoria Atkinson

Provential stain and polyurethane varnish were used on the inside. It has ventilation but continues to make the bread taste funny.

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Bill Bradbury's picture

I am guessing that your hubby has a sander and hopefully he can hook it up to a HEPA vacuum. Sand away the plastic on the surface until you have removed the finish but not the stain, then apply a good quality paste wax and buff with a soft cloth. This will seal the poly from outgassing, but keep the look he originally intended.