I have use CA at the very end for small areas but use shellac for most. I thin the shellac with 2 parts DNA and it soaks in fairly well. I don’t worry about torn grain of the roughing since it will be gone anyway. As I get closer to the finished shape I add less DNA to the shellac. For the final 1/8” or so I coat with shellac only, sometimes on top of thinned shellac.
It can be a real adventure to sand also with the sandpaper following the soft and hard areas. Fresh sharp paper and a very light touch.
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