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#1 posted 03-22-2013 02:23 AM

that helps a lot – thanks! i have ZERO experience with shellac though. i have done a test with both paint pens and sharpies, neither failed on application. i also wiped on pure mineral spirits with no issue, and on a fresh area wiped on Waterlox Original with no problem; therefore i assume Waterlox Marine will perform similarly. now these tests were done with pecan, i will do all again with the cypress sanded to the same point the bench will be – likely #320 – #400.

the bench will be “somewhat” similar to the one below in construction, but the slabs are blockier, and i may even use a short log split in half for each of the 2 sides/legs. the one below is just a prototype to see how the wood and finish hold up after a couple of seasons of summers and dog marking, and to test the integrity of my joinery. i made this when the moisture was at about 19%, hoping its done all its major movement. since this is not fine woodworking a little movement is not an issue. this is also pecan and it moved a LOT the first couple of weeks after milling, but to be honest it adds some character here and there.

so – if i get no bleed or smear, can i skip the shellac? i am already prepared to instruct the blissful couple on the need to recoat every year or 2, and i am sure they wont mind and they do crafty thjngs themselves. the only other thing is, i think i will disassemble it and apply the finish to each part separately so i get total coverage and avoid blotch and smear in corners. also, the center of the back will have their names and wedding year laser etched in a nice design. i plan on this being the mother of all wedding benches…. ;-)

thanks for your help – much appreciated!

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