AsonnyA wrote:....Or it might be your stash of moonshine, that's gassing off, you have hidden in the drawer.
Can't be that because I keep it in the basement and at the other end of the house
Now that I think about it maybe it is something in the wood itself. The wood in the drawers & the interiors of the dressers around the drawers doesn't have a visible finish on it and it doesn't have a noticeable smell (if it does have anything it must be clear & matte) but in addition to the elastic deteriorating, clothes left in the drawers for more than a few weeks develop a peculiar faint smell. Because of this we have taken to keeping the clothes we wear regularly in laundry baskets outside the dressers and those we use less frequently in bags & boxes in the drawers.
Spraying to get into all the corners &c makes sense. And I didn't realize that shellac would be compatible with finishes that the urethane stain might not (the only reason I asked about the Urethane stain is because I have an unopened gallon of it). But that's why I asked first instead of just trying it and making a mess.
I'll have to test the urethane and if it isn't compatible I can get more shellac. But I don't want to spray in the house so we'll have to live with things as they are while I get a couple of other projects (like replacing the engine in one of my motorcycles) out of the garage first