shop bench with lots of storage #8: finished the FF and started installing drawers

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 07-05-2012 12:17 AM 1509 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Because I’m looking for “skill builder” aspects to the project, I decided to try some finishing products I’ve never used b4. And since I’ve never done anything with Shellac, I decided to seal the pine face frame with Zinser Seal Coat b4 applying finish. And since the other aspect of the project is to use up stock that’s been wasting away on the shelf, I decided to use up a partial can of Zar plus (stain/poly).

Lessons learned about Shellac….
1. This stuff dries really fast! So if you’re going to brush it, you better have your ducks in a row.
2. Having a coffee can of water on the bench next to a coffee can of denatured alchohal is not such a good idea. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that I used the wrong can untill after my sash brush turn to white gum…. :^O good thing it was an old one….

The shellac did it’s job and I thought the stain absorbed evenly (for pine). I can’t say there was really any imporvement over the water based Natural by General that I’ve used many times in the past.

don’t mind that spot where I picked the bristle out….

I’m not crazy about these slides…. but I bought them for this project on the cheep from Grizzly, years ago when money was tight.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 01:22 AM

I have become a big shellac fan so felt I needed to comment. I dilute my shellac 1:1 with alcohol which seems to make it more brushing friendly. And I use ammonia rather than alcohol to clean my brushes (a lot cheaper and works well if you can stand the smell). Yep, water and shellac=white gum!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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