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William Shelley

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#1 posted 12-27-2017 02:51 AM

I love shellac, too. It smells so much better than other solvent based finishes and doesn t require a respirator! I still use wipe-on poly a lot, and polyurethane varnish for table tops, but most decorative articles get shellacked!

Remember, over time (approaching a century) shellac finishes will darken to the point the wood figure will be obscured, but probably not an issue in our lifetimes. Many of the antiques I ve worked on that are 150 or more years old, have this issue.

- sawdustdad

People spend an incredible amount of time and energy trying to replicate that aged finish, so I don’t see it as a flaw of shellac. An heirloom furniture item evolves over time as it gains character and as it’s materials age.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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