My 8 yr old son and I are building him a bunk bed with southern yellow
pine - difficult stuff to finish.
After many trials and at least as many errors, we have settled on a
finishing schedule that gives us a pleasing result.
1. Sanding progressively finer grits down to 220 with the ROS.
2. Wash coat of 1lb clear Bullseye shellac. Wait 30 minutes.
3. Stain with Woodkote's Danish Walnut Jel'd Stain (thick jell stain) Wait
4. Several coats of water based poly. 3 hours between coats.
The 2-3 day wait between the stain and the poly is a killer. In practice,
it means that I can't stain and finish in the same weekend.
I have read that production guys reduce the 2-3 days to overnight by using a
sealer coat of shellac over the stain the next morning. I tried that and
the stain comes off on the brush. The stain is dry to the touch but not
REALLY dry. I imagine that the production types are spraying on their
sealer coats and so don't disturb the stain by touching it.
One day I will spring for the HVLP system of my dreams but for now I just
can't afford it.
Would a cheapo sprayer from Home Depot do? I am happy to brush on
everything else. It would be so nice to be able to stain in the evening and
continue working in the morning! I would even be willing to buy aerosol
cans. Does anyone sell spray cans of shellac???