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Blog entry by harum posted 08-30-2014 07:28 PM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Interestingly, after application of two coats of shellac sealer, then sanding them down, and then a coat of Original Waterlox, the grain of the cherry box top looks really smooth, flowing and with a nice glow. Like here:

With Waterlox alone, the grain is almost lost, because the cherry, even though not blotchy, appears covered with dark and light speckles obscuring the natural look. Like this:

The birch bottom of the box is blotchy under just Waterlox. Shellac under oil varnish seems to give the finish more attractive and professional look. Should have given the entire box a seal coat of shellac before oil varnish.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."



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stefang

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 01:12 PM

Quite a difference. Finishing school, something I badly need. I’ll get to it as soon as I learn woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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harum

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 08:53 PM

Yes, sounds like a plan. My goal lately has been to learn how to make and keep my lumber square and the right size. Then I can start teaching myself woodworking. Finishing is too distant a future for me at this point. Interestingly, they say that professional finishing skills have always been much more valuable in the market than expert woodworking skills.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 12:04 AM



Quite a difference. Finishing school, something I badly need. I ll get to it as soon as I learn woodworking.

- stefang

Now that’s too funny…ME TOO!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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