As you may have read in the news, here in Las Vegas we've been faced with some pretty cold temperatures lately. For many of you, low's in the 20's and high's in the low 40's are par for the course but that's not the case for us! I've been lucky if I can get the shop into the 40's and that low temp really effects gluing and finishing. Since there is a deadline I needed to get the interior pieces of the chess box shellacked. My finish for them will be shellac and wax. Thankfully here's what was completed yesterday when we had an afternoon high of 45 degrees or so.
|Inside PIeces Shellacked|
Shellac's Great PropertiesShellac has such remarkable properties that if it were just recently discovered it would be hailed as a miracle finish of the 21st century.
- All-natural – Shellac is an all-natural resin of insect origin that is harvested regularly and is therefore a renewable resource.
- Fleeting alcohol odor – Shellac is dissolved in denatured ethyl alcohol. It has a fleeting, antiseptic odor that dissipates quickly as the product dries.
- Easy to use – Shellac is user-friendly and virtually goof-proof. It can be applied with a brush, pad, sprayer, or wiping cloth.
- Super-fast dry time – Shellac dries to the touch in MINUTES and, in most cases, can be sanded or recoated in a little over half an hour
- Cold temperature application – Unlike other finishes shellac can be applied in cold temperatures (40o F. and below) without concern over proper drying and curing.
|Three Hand-Rubbed Coats|
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