Hopefully you read this far before replying; yes, I DAGS, but still
I am building my first classic woodworking bench, and am retaining my
current bench (solid core door on construction lumber base) for
assembly and finishing. The current bench is finished with shellac,
and waxed. Works great for keeping glue from sticking, and has the
advantage that if it gets off of level by more than a few thousandths
per foot, I know it because things slide off the low side! <g>
Seriously, I love shellac, but this bench is way too slick for working
on with hand tools, IMHO.
I like shellac for its working qualities and results. I have been
tentatively planning to use it for the traditional bench for those
reasons and because of ease of repair when I level or resurface the
top. But will the film, even if unwaxed, be too slick? Is that why oil
finishes seem to be recommended so much for this application?
BTW, if it affects your answer, this first (not ultimate<g>) bench is
of southern yellow pine.
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