Blanket Chest #9: Sanding Sealer Coat Applied

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-22-2015 03:02 PM 580 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I placed my first finish coat; Zinsser’s dewaxed sanding sealer. I wiped that on all surfaces; aka per Charles Neil’s recommendation; meaning all surfaces like including the inside the case and on the case bottom. I put my used rags into a lidded container of water outdoors. I do not need a fire over keeping a used rag…

I will brush on amber Shellac next. It should warm up this chest some. I think.

The Chest’s Case and Plinth

The Chest’s Lid

This will be my first experience applying Shellac with a brush. I have been watching many videos on how to brush Shellac. There are a few that are outstanding explanations. I watch some videos that were nearly an hour long. I won’t give you those links. However, watching an hour video did not bother me. I was in it to learn. I want to learn from those with many more years of experience than I.

What videos did I like. Well, of course, Charles Neil’s video is very good. Why? He tells you not only how, but why. For instance, he will say: “Why would you want this instead of this? Or, visa versa, that versus this?” And, then he will say: “What does that mean?” Then he will explain it…

I will give links to the videos I liked or learned the most from. Well, you do not need a long list. These two are a great start…

Charles Neil on Shellac 9:58 min, Answers what is it. Why use it. Apply to both sides.

Around the Shop with 360 Woodworking – Finishing with Shellac
Chuck Bender and Glen Huey. 17:31 min This video is great! They cover this subject very well. How to mix. How they differ in application. How to brush it. Chuck likes badger hair brushes. How he holds his brush. Glen went to spraying. “It doesn’t take a $1,000 machine to do it.” How to decode the date on the lid. Shelf life is 3 years.

-- --- Happy Howie

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