I am very close to finish my kitchen cabinet made of solid cherry (doors) and cherry veneer.
My biggest scare is the finish and I have been experimenting on scrap wood prior to go ahead and apply on the project. Unfortunately I have not yet decide what kind of finish since I am trying to avoid spray anything toxic in my basement as I don’t have a great ventilation and been winter makes difficult to keep windows open.
I am thinking of using water base dyes, followed by a washcoat coat of shellac, gel stain and a water based top coat such as Fuhr 375 Waterborne pre-Cat.
Hopefully this will provide a consistent result in color and texture and an environmentally and health friendly finish.
I am not sure if sanding between coats of each product is necessary and what grit of sand paper to use. I have been using Garnet Shellac as a sealer using a 2 Lbs cut and finding that if not careful the shellac becomes very thick specially if I try to apply a quick second coat in any spot that looked like I missed the first application. I try to correct by lightly sanding with 220 once is dry but that spot becomes more or less sensitive to the stain and the color uneven. Not sure if I should dilute the shellac in more denature alcohol making lighter to apply as the washcoat ? By the way I tried applying the shellac by brush and padding and got similar results, perhaps I am not suppose to go over the same spot more than once ?
Please let me know how to apply the intended finish (dyes, shellac, gel stain and top coat) and if sanding between application is required and if so what grit.
Any suggestion for a better finish for a cherry cabinet with a more consistent results in color and texture ?
Thanks in advance.
P.S. I screw up my screen name, sorry about that.
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