Shellac -- versatile and misunderstood (Woodworking with Hand Tools)
Date change to Dec 17
Shellac, once a premiere clear finish for wood, remains very useful both as a sealer and
as a final finish. Unlike most coatings, it is compatible with water based and oil based
materials and therefore indispensable as a barrier coat. We will discuss and demonstrate
the uses, advantages, and disadvantages in woodworking.
Some woodworkers get frustrated with shellac needlessly. Two simple ideas will prevent
* Once mixed in alcohol, shellac has a limited shelf life.
* Shellac dries by evaporation, unlike varnish, and redissolves easily with alcohol.
The class will cover when to use it, when not to use it, where to get supplies, how to mix
shellac, how to work with it, and how to clean up. Test samples that show a range of
tones and other effects will be available for inspection.
We will also briefly discuss the renowned French Polish technique, which is based on
applying shellac with a pad. A future class is in the works.
This class is part of the Woodworking with hand tools series at Nova Labs. Even with a
good power tool shop like ours, there is an important role for hand tools. The series is designed for anyone interested in woodworking, even if a little intimidated by big power tools.
No prerequisite. All user levels welcome.