Here's where I am at:
I just received three shades of shellac/lacquer sticks from Lee Valley. The chairs are stripped and will be finished with a linseed oil wiping varnish.
First question: do I match the shade of the sticks to the unfinished or finished color of the wood (i.e., will the sticks change color once the finish is applied)?
Second question: how do I blend the sticks to get the proper shade? Should I break off small chips, melt them, and mix together until I match the shade of the cherry wood?
Third question: how do I melt the sticks? Should I use a small metal bowl and a propane torch, a shellac knife and an alcohol burner, etc.?
All suggestions are appreciated.