I found these photos on my second camera and realized I never wrote about the end of the finish process. Some here might be interested.
After the shellac coats dried the top looked like this.
The product I am using is a dark brown wax, but I think I may have added a little black dye to it sometime back.
I am pretty aggressive with the wax, since my point is to get it into the pores. I have tried squeezing it out from the center of a rag, but I’m not a fan.
As it hazes over you can see that the pores of the wood are now tinted black and that swirl marks are visible.
Some advise to go with the grain to avoid these marks, but I just inspect and buff them out later.
I keep a rag in both hands during buffing to avoid putting marks on the finish.
After buffing it looked like this.
If you have not seen the final project it is posted here
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