Flexner on Finishing: Shellac: A Challenging Finish

This traditional finish can be tricky to apply.

By Bob Flexner
Pages: 58-60

From the April 2011 issue #189
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If you have read much in the woodworking press, you’ve surely encountered many articles, including mine, in which the writer uses and recommends shellac as a finish. This may persuade you to try shellac.

I certainly don’t want to discourage you because shellac is a great finish with a great history. But you need to be aware that shellac is a relatively difficult finish to use. The writers recommending shellac are usually advanced woodworkers who have learned to overcome the difficulties.

By pointing out some of the problems, I hope to increase your likelihood of success.

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Web site: For more information on shellac and the many types available, visit shellac.net.

From the April 2011 issue #189
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