As I was padding on the 2nd round of shellac on some door panels, I was thinking about how ForestGirl posted a few weeks ago that she had really learned to love finishing.
I, on the other hand, hate it more and more with each piece I attempt to finish. Here’s what’s happening:
I’m building a bookcase. There are doors on the bottom. I put a coat of BLO on the case 5 days ago. The same time I padded on the 1st round of shellac on to the floating panels of the 2 doors (had oiled it days before). So I have the case with oil, and the doors with oil and shellac. The thickness of the shellac is probably that of one good brushed on coat, but I wiped it on, maybe 10 super-thin coats.
The door panel was covered with fine streaks from the padding. It looked like I had carefully dragged some 80-grit sandpaper up and down it.
I sanded the door panels tonight with 320 on a sanding block, and then proceded to wipe on some more shellac. Same result.
I’m using garnet shellac at about 1.5 lb cut, my pad is a lint-free cotton “window cloth” stuffed with gauze.
Isn’t shellac supposed to level out? What am I doing wrong here? Let me know if I missed any details in my description.
When all this is done, I’m going to write a book called “How to finish furniture without an HVLP sprayer and/or years of experience”. It’ll be all about tung oil and wipe-on polyurethane, and how to hire a professional finisher to complete your projects for you.