Help: Shellac/Lacquer Sticks

A while back someone in the ng recommended using shellac/lacquer sticks to repair small cracks in the seats of some cherry dining chairs that I'm refinishing.
Here's where I am at:
I just received three shades of shellac/lacquer sticks from Lee Valley. The chairs are stripped and will be finished with a linseed oil wiping varnish.
First question: do I match the shade of the sticks to the unfinished or finished color of the wood (i.e., will the sticks change color once the finish is applied)?
Second question: how do I blend the sticks to get the proper shade? Should I break off small chips, melt them, and mix together until I match the shade of the cherry wood?
Third question: how do I melt the sticks? Should I use a small metal bowl and a propane torch, a shellac knife and an alcohol burner, etc.?
All suggestions are appreciated.
Dave
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Go here; http://www.google.com/grphp?hl=en&tab=wg&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q Do a search for "shellac sticks" and "lacquer sticks". You'll find plenty of info.
Stewart
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www.homesteadfinishing.com has a forum for this type of stuff, probably worth a visit.
On 24 Sep 2003 11:31:09 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@mackinengineering.com (Dave) wrote:

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