James Krenov Inspired Case #7: Oil, Shellac and Wax Finish

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Blog entry by Guy Dunlap posted 04-13-2014 09:49 PM 1964 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a quick video showing how I put the finish on the piece. I start by using boiled linseed oil, move on to spraying two coats of shellac with an HVLP gun, and finish by adding a layer of wax. It came out wonderful!

-- Guy, Indianapolis, IN - - Instagram –

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#1 posted 04-14-2014 02:36 PM

Guy, as always, nice job on the video and the piece. This has been educational to watch. I’m a Krenov fan.

Add a pic of the finished cabinet, I’d love to see it.

I noticed that you sprayed in your shop. I’ve used traditional spray equipment, and would not attempt this in my shop because the mist would be everywhere. Any issues with misting using an HPLV sprayer?

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 09:50 PM

Thanks Nicky.

Yes, I did spray in my shop with some cross ventilation. There is some overspray with the HVLP, however it really didn’t mist up the shop (garage) all that much. I was more worried about my glasses and camera! Lucky neither were damaged in the video process.

There is still one more video yet to come where I make the post and bail pulls to go on the cabinet. I hope to edit next weekend and post at that time. You’ll get to see the final piece then.

-- Guy, Indianapolis, IN - - Instagram –

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 11:15 PM

My space is in a garage as well. I don’t spray very often because I need to do this out doors. Just too messy in the shop. I’ve been thinking about an HPLV system.

Look forward to seeing the final. I enjoyed watching the build.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Nicky

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