If this project was for myself I would probably still use Shellac for its finish, clear but not amber. I would follow the suggestions I have received here to rub on the Shellac. I would not attempt to brush it again on this project. What I have learned is that applying Shellac takes a very trained and experienced hand, for a brushed on finish for sure. Watching Chuck Bender brush on Shellac makes it look too easy. There are years of experience in his badger hair brush strokes,
For this project I have decided not to go back with a Shellac finish. I need to practice applying Shellac, either by brush or rubbing, on a different project. A project that I myself will own and use. If I mess up on it then I can live with it better than giving it to someone else to own. I will find a different project to build, a small one to start with, to learn the lessons I need to become a better finisher with the use of Shellac.
Instead of Shellac I am going to finish this blanket chest with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. I will use a cloth to wipe this finish on. I will build up the finish with several coats until I feel satisfied with it. I had a full quart of semi-gloss in my cabinet. That is what I am wiping on this project.
This shows the look after my first coat of Arm-R-Seal on the lid.
And then the case.
-- --- Happy Howie