You can try http://www.woodfinishsupply.com/ their website is a bit
hard to use because you have to find PDF's with the catalog vs web
pages. However, they have a shellac pdf right near the top and they are
about 1/2 the price of woodcraft, etc.
though the websites are still visible. Their prices look so good because
they haven't been updated for a long time.
Try us: www.hockfinishes.com, also available at Woodcraft,
http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/ and others.
HOCK TOOLS www.hocktools.com and www.hockfinishes.com
In MHO, I think one of the better sites for learning and buying finishing
products is Jeff Jewitt's site, Homestead Finishing Products.
I love shellac... my favorite finish!
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker
Thanks for the info. Sad to see those nice folks in Mendocino go out of
business. It was always a nice visit for me when vacationing or abalone
diving in the area.
One question and one suggestion.
Q: How easy\efficient is it to dewax normal shellac by "skimming" after
mixing? I know you offer dewaxed but I need to do some color studies
and Hock is only available in 1lbs.
Suggestion: It would be nice if there was a "sampler" kit so I could
try the various colors to see which one I really want for my project.
I am currently trying to adjust a mission finish I've had dilaed in to
add some red\orange for a specific comission. I am planning on playing
with some transtint combos and\or some layering with orange or garnet
shellac. I hate to spend $50 on shellac to test when a 1/2 lb of what I
decide upon will be more than enough. I know the flakes will hold
forever but $50 now or $15 now (for 1/2 a lb) is a big dif.
Ron Hock wrote:
You can get a 1 lb bag of waxy Orange Shellac for $14 from Lee Valley
or $15 from Homestead (shipping extra).
If you mix it up and let it separate (keeping it a bit warm helps this
along), then you can easily decant the wax free shellac. At this price
point, it could be cost effective if you are using less expensive
On the other hand, if you use Behkol or the anhydrous denatured
alcohol, you are spending more on solvent that remains with the waxy
residue, relative to the cost of the flakes.
Generally, I think you won't be able to beat Homestead's pricing on
dewaxed; from $19/lb for orange & garnet, to $26 for the "ultra pale".
Mind you, I have nothing against Hock shellac and would order from him
anytime. The price difference is small.
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