So last night I was cutting some marquetry while watching season 1 of Rome. I had a mug that was maybe 1/8 full of water (not very much) that I could use to get the OBG off my hands and remove the paper off my patterns as needed. The item in question worked out really well and I was all done for the night, except the episode I was watching was not over yet. So I decided to find something else to do while it finished. I remembered a small panel that I am working on for the back of a shadow box, I needed to apply a few more coats of clear shellac, so that is what I did.
Wake up this morning and go to check on my marquetry project that I had under two boards and 20lbs of free weights… and what do I find? Some time in the night a cat pushed over the small mug of water that I forgot about…. right onto my panel that I had shellac’ed.
The water had gotten into the panel core (MDF), but thankfully there was not enough to make the hide glue I used release, but it did warp the backside maple veneer a little..
Not only that… but I started to look at the show side a bit more…
Yup… paw prints in the shellac!!! Cannot express how upset I was when I found this.
I used some 600 grit and sanded and sanded until the prints were gone
And the used a nice brush and applied another coat of shellac.
A few more coats and it will be ready to be buffed out and waxed.