In Norway we have someting called "kvistlakk". Translated to English it
would be someting like "not lack" Is it the same as shellac?
And for the Valentines day, I'm afraid the train has left the station years
May-Brith from Norway
Maybe not since Shellac comes from the Lac beetle or insect
Realistically most other varnishes or lacquers are reasonably safe once
cured or dry......years ago I simply used polyurethane on my kids cradle
(alder)......nonetheless Shellac is or has been used for a thin coating on
pills and candies as well as 18th century furniture) and as I mentioned it
looks very good on pine (at least I think so)...there are several shades of
amber available with "orange" being a bit darker than some although I'd
think it is the most traditional. It is available as either a liquid
(hardware/paint stores) or as dried flakes (mail-order or better paint
stores).....premixed it has limited shelf life (1-3 yr.) so buy the newest
available...flakes last virtually indefinitely, they are mixed with alcohol
If you have any application questions I'm sure the group here would help
out......it is one of the easiest finishes to use though....thinned well
(2lb cut or maybe less) it goes on smoothly and major mistakes are easily
fixed with a alcohol wash...dries quickly and is very fast to re-coat. Rod
Any commercial finish will be safe once dried. Check the labels.
Shellac isn't an ideal choice here, as it's not resistant to ammonia
or urine. The finish is baby-safe, but not safe from babies.
Personally I'd use a wiped-on gel polyurethane. It's easy, strong and
doesn't look too much like an all-plastic '70s finish.
I've also built a baby cradle (17th century repro, hooded design in
oak) and finshed it with my usual wax over oil. It's now on its third
baby and returns back to the workshop for refinishing between
occupants. I blast the hell out of it with a powered plastic wire
brush, then re-wax and brush it again. It's patinating nicely,
although the oak and the elm baseboards have certainly darkened around
the bottom edge.
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