I’m having a real tough time with a finish for a piece I build recently. The top is a sapele pomele veneer. I thought wanted a shellac finish (real clear, but light) so I tried padding the shellac. Problem is this exposes a porosity I didn’t realize the wood had. I’ve lightly sanded and then re-shellaced several times, but it still winds up the same sort of shiny-grainy finish. What is the proper way to deal with this wood/finish? I have no experience in pore fillers, but they seem like they would tend to muddy any figure, no?
I’d appreciate all the help you can give.