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Finishing oak with finesse

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Finished with shellac

Finished with shellac

Finish Pros

  • Great clarity, gives wood "depth"; orange shellac gives wood an amber hue
  • Fast-drying; projects can be fully finished in one day
  • Each new layer "burns" into the previous forming a chemical bond
  • Easy to tint with alcohol dyes
  • Easy to repair
  • Can re-coat at any time

Finish Cons

  • Poor chemical resistance
  • Marginal moisture resistance
  • Short shelf life (about six months for flakes); pay attention to dates when buying premixed shellac in cans, again, avoiding material older than six months

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