Well, she’s all done!
But first things first…...
As we discussed in the last installment, I decided to use clear shellac, as opposed to amber shellac, since I couldn’t see any difference in the two shades on the test board I made up earlier. I chose to finish the box with shellac as it has no odor to it once it’s cured, unlike oil-based finishes like polyurethane.
I applied the first coat, and let it dry for 2 hours.
The box surface after the first coat was pretty rough, so I sanded it smooth with 320 grit.
I’ve learned that any finish will raise the grain, some more than others, even oil-based. Shellac is thinned with denatured alcohol, and does raise the grain. Less than water-based, but more than oil-based.
After sanding the first coat smooth, I applied two more coats, at 2-hour intervals, sanding between coats. Shellac dries at gloss sheen (I’ve never seen any other sheen in the can other than gloss.) On previous projects, I’ve knocked back the sheen with 0000 steel wool, but on this box, I kinda like the gloss!
So, here she is, in all her glossy glory!
I enjoyed this blog, (my first one ever!), and I hope you did, too!
Thanks to everyone who followed along, and commented—I really appreciate it!
Until next time,
-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN