Finishes: Shellac

In preparation for finishing the insides of all of the drawers for the machinist's chest...I made a batch of shellac.

I decided to make a mixture that would result in a two pound cut.

I had purchased some BT&C Tiger Flakes from Tools for Working Wood.

These lac flakes are Super-Blonde dewaxed flakes.

I measured out two ounces of the Super-Blonde flakes.

To make a 1/2 pint the two oz. of flakes would have to dissolve in eight fluid ounces of denatured alcohol.

I selected the green denatured alcohol at my local BORG.

Ready to mix the ingredients.

Mixture in a pint jar.

It is very time consuming to stir shellac... it dissolves better in Everclear.  The 190 proof stuff  is a better (and more expensive) option than denatured alcohol for the dissolution process.
But it still takes a good bit of stirring and I secured a magnetic stirring device...rigged up an arm and velcro to hold the jar steady...





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