I cleaned up 90% shop dust by vac and broom and then run the overhead air filter for a bit before finishing. I protected the workbench with plastic. The panels are raised up on scrap sticks. You can see a bottle of Transtint (Dark mission brown) in the foreground.
I add denatured alcohol to a container and then add the shellac to the consistency of a 1lb or so cut. Very thin.
I am padding on the shellac with a clean t-shirt scrap wrapped around another scrap. I also used a glue brush and a larger brush.
I work from the middle out to the ends to avoid over collecting on the ends.
After one coat (Still wettish)
When the first coat and on are dry I sand with my little worn spongy sanding block to knock down the dust nibs /level the surface. You can do this with very worn sandpaper too. If I have nothing else I take a piece of 320 and rub it against itself to break the grit down to a softer texture.
I feel the grit of the finish with my hand and then sand very lightly until It feels smooth. The goal is to remove that grit feeling and nothing more.
On the second and so on coats I added the dark brown dye to the shellac to add a little more color to the project.
Shot with final coat of tinted shellac
Finally I tackled the sapwood by adding a few more drops of the dye to the shellac. The sapwood lacks that tanins that enact color change via fuming. (By the way I find the liquid dye WAY easier to work with than the powdered).
I brushed the concentrated color/shellac mixture onto the sapwood only.
After blending with my shellac pad..
Better I think.
I really want to finish this, but I am going to wait a few days to let the shellac cure before I wax it.
This one’s for you Lee… Watch the shellac dry.
Next time Wax
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