shloshing shellac on fretwork?

Hi, I am currently finishing up a wall clock which is made of 1/4" solid Cherry. It looks like such: http://www.theartfactory.com/Clock%20Album/The%20Manchester%20Hall%20Clock.htm
I have the thing glued together and will be spraying blonde shellac on it for a finish. But before spraying, I would like to use something on the interior of the fretwork cuts. I think using a 'spit coat' of 1/2# cut shellac and 'sloshing' it through the cuts and over the surface should work, then spraying my coats of shellac on the flat faces. Does this sound like a decent approach, or do you have any other suggestions? BLO, Danish Oil under the shellac, etc? How do you fretworker folks finish your inside cuts? In the past I have sloshed stain before the clear coat, but I know from this group that stain on cherry is evil.
Also, thanks to the folks who offered advice on the resawing process to create the 1/4 cherry panels. It worked very well!
Thanks, Rob
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If stain on cherry gives you your desired colour, then go for it. Who cares what some people in the newsgroup think.
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I think the spraying alone will get in-between the fretwork. I know when I spray paint a fretted project it always does.

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