In recent email from Fine Woodworking, there is a link to a video “Frame and Panel Door with Mike Pekovich” (it might just on part of a series of videos covering some project or other.
In the video, around 7:00, Mike applies some finish to the inside of the newly assemble door to determine if he “wants to seal the piece with shellac first”. He says that sealing with shellac can obscure so of the figure. He give a good explanation of the difference between figure and blotch (with figure, a dark patch with change to light as you tilt the piece, but blotch with stay dark).
What is he using to test the piece?
What does he typically finish with?
I assume its not shellac, but he uses shellac to seal the piece first if…if what? Sap bleed-through? What “bad” is testing for that he does not see in the test that tells him its OK to fore-go a shellac sealing?
Will shellac obscure figure such as fiddle-back, or is he chiefly referring only to figure that presents as patches, such as quilting in quilted maple?
I’m guessing the answers to these questions, “Mike’s preferences on finishes” are somewhere in other articles or videos; if you know any, could you point me to them?