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#1 posted 05-14-2018 01:31 PM

I work with cedar a lot making small crafty items. (see my website) I have tried many finishes for it including tung oi,l danish oil, linseed oil, lacquer, urethane and polyurethane. I like wipe on poly the best, but all of these will work. I apply shellac first, sand it smooth, then the poly.

- Jim Finn

Thanks for the reply Mr. Finn. If I may ask, why the shellac first? What does that do for you? Is it a better sealer? I have to admit to never having used it. I am sure I have seen it applied to wood, but I don’t remember ever even seeing it for sale where I could buy it. I did a little reading up on it a few weeks ago. I understand it is secreted by a certain bug and gathered by hand off of leaves. Sounds expensive….I mean, how many people have to be “gathering” bug secretions to get enough to finish one board? I must have misread the article. Thanks again!

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