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Syril

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2679 days ago

Hello everyone. This is my first post and I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome already. I’ve gotten a bunch of messages welcoming me and I would like to say thanks.

I do have a question. I’ve been doing woodworking for a little while now and I’m just starting to branch out into things beyond my comfort zone, which was red oak with stain and poly as a finish. I moved on to quartersawn white oak and now I’ve started playing with walnut. Experimenting with walnut started me into shellac. I’m really starting to like this stuff. I know its not as strong as poly but its easier to repair and most of the stuff I build isn’t going to be subject to water or chemicals anyway.

Back to the original question. I was doing some reading about shellac and on Jeff Jewitt’s site he claims that a few coats of dark garnet shellac will give white oak a fume appearance. That would be nice because right now I’m using different stains on my white oak and then putting another finish on top of it. It would be nice to just throw a few coats of shellac and get the same appearance in one step.

So, before I go buy and possibly waste my money on a couple pounds of dark garnet shellac, has anybody tried this out or use this as a common practice in their own shops? I’m sure Jeff wouldn’t lie but I would like to see some pictures to see how good it actually looks. Well, anyway, sorry for the long post and thanks for reading.


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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 2679 days ago

Don’t waste your money on a couple lbs of garnet shellac. Order a sample pack here from Shellac Finishes, a very small shellac supplier out of San Diego, CA, for $14. Then you can test garnet, orange, beige, and superblonde on some sample pieces and see what YOU like!

Vijay is one of the few suppliers you will find who believes that shellac has a lifespan in flake form, and he dates all of his packages accordingly. His prices are unbeatable, too.

Personally, I like fuming oak and mahogany. :) But I’m just starting to get into shellac finishes, myself, so I’ll probably give that a try, too.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Syril

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#2 posted 2679 days ago

Funny you mentioned Vijay. I just got a pound of orange shellac from his business. You are right about his prices, can’t be beat. Rockler and Woodcraft are double the price. Seems like good stuff too.

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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 2679 days ago

But I think you’re right, by the way. Frank Klausz also uses garnet shellac to give white oak that fumed look. I think you’d be satisfied with the results, but you might want to order a small amount first, just to test it out and see what you think.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2679 days ago

Thanks for the supplier information.
One other thought, if you are using the top coat to impart the color, just be cautious while rubbing out at the edges of your piece. Variation in color can occur if you cut through the finish too aggressively.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 2678 days ago

Thanks for the link Ethan.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Ethan Sincox

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#6 posted 2677 days ago

No problem, Wayne. I’ve been meaning to write up something about it… I figured I needed to test it first, though, and I just haven’t been able to get the time in to do so.

Maybe this next week? The wife is going out of town on business again. I’m supposed to be working on things like packing and painting and getting the basement bathroom put back together, but… I imagine I’ll try to sneak some woodworking in, as well.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2677 days ago

Looking forward to hearing about it Ethan.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Hawgnutz

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#8 posted 2677 days ago

I love using shellac. I often use it as a base coat before poly, but it sure looks fine just by itself!
Thanks for the link. I will try it soon.

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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