You'd have shellac in your shop for the same reason you would have varnish,
lacquer, or oils in the shop. When appropriate it is a great finish in
itself. It also, in a dewaxed state, makes a great sealer for keeping like
based stains, finishes separated or keeping pine knot holes from bleeding
through a finish, or just plain sealing.
On 02 Sep 2003 14:17:22 GMT, email@example.com (SteveC1280)
Yeah, like on 175+ of your larger projects in the next 6
to 12 months. (Oops!)
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It has a lot of good properties. I use it on my jigs and fixtures as well as
finish on furniture and other projects. It is easily repair. It looks good
and give nice depth to the wood. It can be rubbed on.
It is food safe and safe for kids things.
Keep an eye on the shelf life though.
The sooner it is used after mixing the better. As mixed shellac ages,
the resulting finish gets softer. After a while it won;t really
harden, you'll get a gummy finish. Exactly how long it takes
for it to go bad (and how bad) will depend on many factors including
the moisture content in the mix and the temperature at which it is
IOW, it sounds like you should try out shellac on quite a variety
of woods for amny different applications over the next few weeks...
There should be a date on the bottom of the can indicating either,
when it was mixed, or when the seller was supposed to remove it from
I'm just getting started with shellac...and I love it, so far.
However, I would return the gallon (if possible) and buy dewaxed flakes.
The shelf life is fairly short (6 months)...with flakes you can mix what
you need, when you need it.
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