I am working on finishing my set of night stands (latest blog entry here) and after looking through the wide collection of often (for me) confusing and (sometimes) contrary advice on the internet on how to finish cherry I have decided to use the method outlined on this site:
Seems pretty straight forward, in theory.
1. Finish with dewaxed shellac as a seal and sanding layer
2. Apply a oil glaze to darken and even the tone, with the shellac there to prevent uneven absorption.
3. Finish with poly to protect.
I am fairly inexperienced with finishes, and this is my first time using shellac, so that’s been a bit rough but I have some questions:
1. Between layers of the glaze, should I scuff with steel wool? There is a warning about how the glaze medium will accumulate in scratches, so I am not sure.
2. Can I use a wipe on poly (like Minwax Wipe-On Satin) over the glaze or do I need something specific, and do I need to scuff the glaze to get better adhesion? I know the Minwax is oilk based, so I think that is good, but I am not sure if the wipe on is better here than a brushed.
3. Has anyone tried this technique before, and if so, did you have any luck? I’ve been struggling with the shellac a bit and can’t say I am loving this method so far.