Practical Finishes By Jeff Conti


By Jeff Conti

22 July 2007

Topics: Shellac, Behlen’s Woodturner Finish, Wax (Renaissance and Liberon), Penetrating oils (Danish oil, Boiled Linseed oil and Teak oil) Butcher Block OIL, Walnut Oil, Hard Cellulose Nitrate Lacquer (Deft)

Shellac comes from the excretions of the lac insect Kerria lacca, found in the forests of Assam and Thailand (Wikipedia).

Shellac can be purchased in two basic forms, commercially mixed in a can with other chemicals and natural flakes that you dilute into denatured alcohol. Both of these forms have variations you can buy for effects you are looking for.

I suggest blond (no wax) Shellac flakes for the following reasons… You can read the rest of the article here – practical-finishes-22-july-07-jeff-conti