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#1 posted 08-13-2017 01:26 AM

Chris, it’s cuts of shellac. A 1 lb cut is one pound of shellac flakes mixed in a gallon of denatured alcohol. A 2 lb cut is two pounds in a gallon, and so on. I’m not sure what the origin of the term is, but that’s what it means.

Just for convenience I buy cans of BullsEye Seal Coat shellac. Out of the can it’s a 2 lb cut, which is pretty heavy for general use. I take a pint of it and mix with a pint of denatured alcohol for a 1 lb cut and a cup of it mixed with three cups of alcohol for a 1/2 lb cut. Just so they’re handy when I need them, I pre-mix them and put them in empty quart paint cans from Home Depot.

The cloths I mentioned are just cut up cotton t-shirts that I use to wipe on the shellac. By storing them in a mason jar, they never dry out and will be good for years.

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