See how Peter Gedrys makes a pad, or rubber, for shellac in this sidebar to a video series on refinishing furniture. Find links to the whole video series below.

In this segment, it only takes him a few seconds to shape cheesecloth wadding and wrap it in a fine-textured cloth. The pad helps to apply a thin, even coat of shellac without lap marks.

Expert finisher Peter Gedrys, of East Haddam, Conn. guides you through all the steps of refinishing furniture from stripping an old finish to putting the final touches on a new one. Also, become a member and chat with Gedrys about your finishing problems in Ask The Experts.


Remove an Old Finish

Step One: Stripping the Old Finish
Learn the best ways to remove a finish, safely

Prepping the surface



Step Two: Surface Preparation
How to create a smooth and clean surface, thwarting headaches down the road

Coloring with Shellac


Step Three: Sealing and Coloring with Shellac
Professional techniques for sealing and coloring wood. A shellac pad helps you lay down smooth, thin layers. See how to make one in a short video sidebar.

Armor of Varnish


Step Four: Simple Techniques for Applying Varnish
Varnish is the perfect topcoat to repel moisture and alcohol. To learn how different varnishes compare, watch this short video sidebar.

Build a Round Table


Step Five: Rubbing Out the Finish
Take your finish to the next level with the often-skipped rubbing-out process