Prepping Wood and Shellac for Rain
I do hope that all reading herein are understanding that I am writing in retrospect….as these writings are running a few days behind where I am today. My life is much too busy to be writing and testing, plus taking photos on a daily basis, so one could say that I am writing from within a time warp as I also must keep in mind that winter is coming. Winter involves putting some machines to sleep and then there is the waking up of those winter machines, plus firewood, land and cabin to home projects. Notice that in my writings I don’t talk much of play….but yes, I also have to fit some play days into my schedule….which means some more kayaking and hiking yet.
Well moving on to this past Thursday and, since I knew there was rain coming, I decided the time was right to work on this piece of maple slab that I am using for a ‘test’....to test shellac.
After applying the 5 coats of shellac on top of the maple, with no-thing done between coats last Sunday and then the good days of sun and warm, the shellac had a good time drying and curing. My next step that I am showing here is sanding the topcoat of shellac with #80 grit sandpaper and then following up with #000 steel wool. If one is a frequent reader of my blog//stories or the stories I have included in projects, then one will notice some-thing different by what I have said concerning the steel wool. I will use #0000 steel wool for finishing and #000 steel wool when I am in the still before finishing stages of working a piece of wood….and yes, there is a difference between ‘finishing’ wood and the ‘before’ finishing stages of wood-working. I can-not take the time to explain that one now….but as this story continues, the process between the two will come out in words and photos.
Maple slab of rock-sugar….and this is where we left off last time after completing 5 coats of shellac in about 2-1/2 hours time….
....and then we’ll start with some sanding to be followed with the steel wool. Some might wonder why I’m sanding the wood….and at some high points I’ll even be burning through the finish and hitting on raw wood. To those I would reply that one must remember that we are testing shellac here….and so I am pulling out all stops in order to test the shellac when//after the rains come. I mean we’ve all heard what water does to shellac right, by what all those other’s ‘tell’ us ‘sell’ us….but what if….
....and so I start sanding, yes that’s right….I get to do the work while you can just sit back and watch. I might add that I hope you will not sit to long though and that this might inspire some-one reading herein to try some test of their own and even if not with shellac…..well you pick the finish. Most important though is the point that I am trying to get across of be-coming your own master tester of your woods destiny….
....looks like the sanding process is working out good. The finishing of a wood project along with testing different finishes and tints along with color dyes is most enjoyable or in-joy-able for me and one that I all-ways look forward to….
....ah yes, as one can see I have ‘burned’ through the wood and yet we have a good sanded top at this point, after the steel wool also. One might even take a moment and notice some of the spalting that has taken place within the maple wood….
Now proceeding on, I’m going to start working on the live edge’s of the slab with some older but still used hand tools that I keep all-ways close at hand. Yes at the moment all power tools are un-plugged and out of sight….like out-of-sight, is out-of-mind….
....first tool to use on the live edge is this curved ax. This ones all-ways my first choice for workin’ on slabs and works best by pulling towards me at a slant….
....next comes the broadax and what a tool this one is to work with. When working the live edge I will push this one forward at a slant, much as one does when using a hand plane. And yes, I also use this one also for working in the rough as a hand plane. I do apologize that my step with the timber slick pictured above, will be a no-show shot, since I’m working by myself and there was no-way to take a picture as the slick would not stay in place. The timber slick is more of a finishing tool and therefore it is not used to gouge as much//deep into the wood….the timber slick is all-ways pushed and never does one strike the head of this tool….
....so now this stage of the process is finished….and I can wait for the rain that is coming….
....and yes, the rain did come early Friday morning. I took this picture around 9:00 am on Friday in the rain, but this is an-other story….
The colors are changing up here, so I will leave you with some starting reds in the trees….
More to come as the test of shellac continues….
Linking back to in this series to:
1.) All Good Wood Projects Need….
2.) WoodWorking Vision
3.) Drupes and Drupaceous Nuts as Tung Oil
4.) Go Ask The Lac-Bug About Finishing Wood
5.) Tales of A Wood-Worker’s Tools
6.) Lets Test Art-Full Shellac
’’....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/