I sprayed two coats of Zinsser’s clear shellac today in order to seal the dye I wiped on all surfaces of this cabinet last night.
Now I need to make a choice for the top coat finish. I have several cans of lacquer and polyurethane in my shop. Which should I use. This cabinet is a shop tool cabinet so durability is probably my biggest concern. I will study a couple of my finish books tonight.
What finish coat should I spray tomorrow? Lacquer? Or Polyurethane?
I also stacked the drawers that I also glued and clamped yesterday. I stacked them on top of each other in the cabinet bay where they will be mounted on metal slides. I measured the gap from the top drawer to the bottom of the face frame rail that crosses overtop of them. That gap is 3 1/2 inches. There are seven drawers and seven gaps to equally position. That calculates to 1/2 inch gap between each drawer. So I believe 1/2 inches will give me enough space to pass my fingers through in order to pull on the finger latch I routed into the top back of each drawer front. I did not want to cut semi-circle holes in this beautiful wood. I am trying to show off all of the sapele hardwood that I can in this project. I resaw cut 1/4 inch thick drawer fronts; actually they were probably 5/16” before hand planing the surfaces smooth.
The resawing was done on my bandsaw from the 8/4 sapele plank I found at MacBeaths Hardwood. It was like the perfect match for my cabinet. It was fate. I could not pass on its purchase. And, this plank ran like butter through my 1/2 inch bandsaw blade. I have temporarily forgotten the brand name of the blade but I bought it from Highland Woodworking. Someone on this site will know its brand name. Its now my favorite bandsaw blade.
-- --- Happy Howie