how shellac is made

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Blog entry by Dave posted 01-08-2011 04:46 PM 5505 reads 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is very interesting. If you have ever wondered.
click here.

We need to keep buying shellac, if we don’t they will stop making it. And i will be reduced to busting up old 78 lp’s for my shellac supply.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 05:03 PM

Such a nice presentation, and actually full of good information.

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 06:45 PM

Very interesting. I was introduced to shellac a little over a year ago. I then found out how it “pops” the grain. I was hooked. If you need to touch up a piece later – no big deal, just apply a small amount and you’re finished. You can do everything from a satin finish to a french polish with one product. Shellac has become my go-to finish.

-- Don

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 06:55 PM

Little lac bug bodies. It goes back a thousand years….

Great find!

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 06:56 PM

Very interesting, thanks for sharing the link.

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 07:13 PM

High School Woods Class 35 years ago, we were taught to use a wash coat of shellac prior to final sanding and staining. Most of our projects were then finished with shellac, rubbing with steel wool between 1st & 2nd coats, and light sanding 400 grit paper after 2nd and 3rd coats.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 07:18 PM

I think November FWW had a print article about this, really cool how they stretched it out or smashed it to make flakes from it.
You would never ever think that is where it comes from or how it is processed, incredible
Truly amazing what nature provides and how ingenious humankind can be to use those resources
Good vid, thanks

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 09:46 PM

very good video. so much work put into it

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 11:45 PM

thank´s for sharing :-)


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#9 posted 01-09-2011 03:26 AM

This is so amazing!
Something we just take for granted, Imagine how it was ever thought out.
Thank you a lot, I get really in the mood to go for trying on shelllac again now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 06:19 AM

Thanks guys for the comments. I have always been a shellac fan. A few months ago i had started looking for video information on the production of shellac. There was not much to find. I new some of the high-points, but this video showed me so much more. We are depending on third world countries for the production. We have to keep the production going by showing support and purchasing some. Its non toxic, used for medical and food production. How many finishes can you eat?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 10:22 AM

What struck me is how labor intensive it is to produce. Seems like the price needs to go up, eh? Thanks for the informative post.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 10:56 AM

who would have ever known
i will have to learn more about
how to use and work
with shellac

thanks for the help here

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 06:25 PM

Very informative thanks

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 10:09 PM

that is amazing!! I knew shellac came from some sort of beetle, but it is amazing how small they are and how many it takes to create a very tiny amount of shellac. It is fascinating that hundreds of years ago someone realized that they could make a wood finish out of basically beetle excrement.

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#15 posted 01-10-2011 02:56 AM

Fine Woodworking also had a good shellac article a couple of months ago.

They will never stop making shellac. It’s used in too many industries, including candy companies! It’s what gives M&M’s and other hard shell stuff its shine.

Go little lac bugs! We love you, even though you look kind of nasty and goopy coming out of the forest!

-- Nate,

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