|Forum topic by redmosquito1||posted 01-14-2014 06:08 AM||1289 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-14-2014 06:08 AM
Hello fellow LumberJocks,
After doing some reading/talking to the guy at woodcraft on finishing cherry I came to to the decision to use general finises gel stain in brown mahogany (that’s what she wanted) and do a couple of coats of shellac on top. I picked up zinnser unwaxed shellac which I believe is a 2 pound cut.
My plan is to sand to 120 grit and apply a coat of the gel stain and wipe off, let it sit to dry over night. Sand to 220 grit and then apply 2 coats of shellac and sand 320 then 400 and finish with 3-4 coats of the shellac on top as my top coat using a white scotch brite pad between coats. After the last coat I plan to use 0000 steel wool and apply a paste wax on top to get a good sheen and call it good.
Does that sound like a good plan? I’m not to sure when to sand, from what I’ve read you get the pest result with 120 or 150 grit before the gel stain is applied so prevent blotch. I know if I apply a coat of shellac before I stain it will also help reduce the blotch but from what I’ve been told/read gel stain will all but eliminate the blotch so I picked that to avoid a step (probably shouldn’t.)
Any tips? Am I on the right track?
Also, as a side note – I planed everything all 4 sides with my woodriver #4 v3 smooth plane prior to glue up, but then had to sand per reccomendations I’ve read. Did I waste my time or could I have stained and shellacked over the finish I got with the plane? It was glossy and perfectly smooth.
Thanks a bunch.