Here's a question that, no matter how much I've read and tried to
research, I've never gotten a definitive answer to, and I think
it's a simple yes/no answer:
Shellac: Great for priming/filling/initially smoothing a
surface, quicker drying, and so on.
But, it's inherently not a tough finish, easily damaged, etc
So, how about, on bare wood:
-- Seal coat with shellac to seal; sand lightly to remove the
-- Second coat, sanded lightly, finest reasonable grit, whatever
it may turn out to be, as more of the same as above, but giving a
little depth to the finish (I think)
-- Three or four coats of Poly or even varnish, sanded between
of course, each time, for good adhesion.
IS that any improvement over just running grit to, say, 220 and
three/four coats of poly/varnish?
Or is it overkill?
Or, would it be a complete waste of time?
I've used shellac on a few lamp turnings and man, they came out
wonderfully great! But, for anything that will get some moderate
use and might have any chemicals (water, oils, etc.), it doesn't
seem to be much good unless one just likes the ease of touching
it up, which isn't that great with liquid rings, etc..
Like many a woodworker/closet-cabinet-maker, I do great until I
get to the finishes. I hate doing the finishes because I'm never
sure of what I'm doing <g>, even though they at least come out
"OK", sometimes a little better.
TIA & Regards,