Shellac Test Finishing Boards
by slambubba; Mike

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  • All of the shellacs are 3 coats of 2# cuts.

    The BLO and Watco were flooded on, then wiped off after letting sit for 15 minutes or so.

    The Waterlox and Sherwin Williams Fast Dry are both 3 coats.

    Jeff Jewitt has a nice shellac test picture (with various colors of shellac on various woods).

    Here are my first two projects using shellac.

    The first picture is a mirror made out of Chokecherry.   Chokecherry is a little darker and a lot denser than Cherry.   The looks are very similar though.

    I put a coat of BLO slightly thinned with mineral spirits and wiped it off after 15 minutes.

    After giving it several days to dry, I put on 3 coats of 2# orange shellac.

    I smoothed it out using steel wool and mineral oil.

    This is a Walnut plant stand that is a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law.

    Same finishing schedule as above...

    I added a couple of coats of Waterlox just on the Top frame for water protection.

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