Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'shellac'

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Mini Tetrahedral Tensegrity Table #9: Finishing the Disks and Attaching the Pyramids

03-26-2022 09:36 PM by Ron Stewart | 4 comments »

I wanted to use glue to attach the pyramids to the disks, because I didn’t want any visible fasteners. But it was very apparent that I would need something to help precisely position the pyramids and prevent them from shifting during glue up. I decided to use tiny alignment pins/holes. I went back to my trusty disk template, marked the inside edges of the pyramid, and drilled 1/16” center holes. To drill matching holes in a pyramid, I clamped it to the template. T...

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Building a brace till #24: More drawer front finishing

01-12-2022 08:12 PM by Dave Polaschek | 13 comments »

Today’s finishing started with the four drawer fronts I showed last time. I gave them all a half-dozen quick coats of shellac and oil, with some rottenstone to fill the grain a little quicker, then put them back so I could pull the other five drawer fronts to work on those. I don’t think the first batch are done, but they’re getting close. One more session should do the trick. This next batch has the drawer with the crack and the bug tracks. That one got some CA glue drizzled into the ...

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Building a brace till #23: Shellacking the drawer fronts

01-10-2022 05:00 PM by Dave Polaschek | 9 comments »

Today I didn’t have a lot of time, so I pulled four different sized (so I don’t get them mixed up) drawer fronts off and started shellacking them. Tools are a pad, which is stored in a jam jar when not in use, a squeeze bottle of a 1 pound cut of shellac (1 oz per cup of alcohol), and a smaller squeeze bottle of linseed oil. I started with two coats of shellac, padded on. It takes two drops of shellac for the smaller drawer fronts, and four or five for the large...

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Suzuribako in progress

05-29-2021 10:39 PM by Eeyore | 3 comments »

Hey @madburg, still in progress, but well on its way.

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Jefferson Bookcases #10: Second shellac

08-15-2020 08:16 PM by Dave Polaschek | 10 comments »

The second set of shellac generally goes on the day after the first set of two coats. I put the shellac on thickly enough with those first two coats that it takes a while to dry. Not overnight, but it doesn’t hurt it to wait, and letting it dry overnight keeps my production line moving smoothly. While the goal with the first two coats was coverage, the goal with this one is getting a good finish. So I start by inspecting the case, lightly sanding each side with 320 or 400 grit sandpaper. T...

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Jefferson Bookcases #9: First shellac

08-14-2020 07:14 PM by Dave Polaschek | 6 comments »

After prepping the case, it’s time for shellac. I start by laying the case on its front and putting a coat of shellac on the back. I mix my shellac with 2oz of shellac flakes to 12oz of alcohol (by volume). This is near a 1.5 pound cut. I use pint salsa jars, and that gets the jar full enough that I can completely cover a case, but leaves enough headroom in the jar that I can still shake it to dissolve the shellac. This isn’t going to be seen, so I just put it in pretty quickly and ...

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Seal Coat shellac under varnish on exterior oak door?

09-05-2019 01:16 AM by royroy | 2 comments »

Hi all,I’m about ready to seal, stain and top coat a new, white oak, storm door in Cincinnati. So I’m wondering about using Zinsser’s Seal Coat before the stain goes on and then putting a few coats of Epifane’s varnish to finish it all off. The Seal Coat can says “interior” but with three coats or more of the Epifanes varnish won’t that protect the Seal Coat? I like the warm tone the 1:1 Seal Coat provided on the test pieces. I sent a email to Epifane...

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Repair damage to lacquer finish?

07-12-2019 01:07 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 2 comments »

In this video, I show how to repair a damaged area of a lacquer finish. There’s also a link to a video about how to identify what type of finish is on a piece of furniture Repair a Lacquer Finish – Finish Identification –

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Finishing #3: Reference Books

05-29-2019 04:46 PM by OSU55 | 3 comments »

I consider the finish 50% of a project. I continually read/hear woodworkers who are disappointed in the finished look or who are afraid to try color (dye/stain) on a project. Finishing is a learned skill, just like operating various power tools, using hand tools, making/fitting various joint types, proper design, material selection. etc. As such, time and effort need to be expended to gain the knowledge and physical skills to impart a beautiful finish to a project. What if you spent as muc...

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Beginner Wood Finish Recommendations

02-10-2019 01:37 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

When I was a young builder I really struggled with finishing. I decided to help others who might be confused about finishing by putting together a brief video with my recommendations for beginners. What are your thoughts?

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