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Got the gallery done and mounted. Used a drill guide at 10° angle but it was still a bit hairy.

Excited about shellac that just arrived today from Wood Finish Supply (shellac.net). I’ve been experimenting with some different shades of shellac and also lye.



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Nice! That's cherry, right?

I like the figure on the top and the bead detail. I assume the front apron is resawn and bent laminated, so when you open the drawer you see the "solid" cherry?
 

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Got the gallery done and mounted. Used a drill guide at 10° angle but it was still a bit hairy.

Excited about shellac that just arrived today from Wood Finish Supply (shellac.net). I’ve been experimenting with some different shades of shellac and also lye.



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What shellac did you settle on? I did a similar cherry table. I put the table in the sun for about 4 days in accelerate the natural darkening, used blonde shellac, then top coated with Target Coatings EM 6000 lacquer. Ended up with a nice natural coloring.
 

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Cherry and yes, bent lamination.

This particular cherry is rather light that was a trade off I made when I saw the figure. Although I know it will darken, I want to speed up the process. I‘ve never used lye but it worked really nice on a sample piece. But I’m too chicken to use on the whole piece.

Garnet shellac as well as garnet tinted with various dyes yielded what best results.

I‘ve never been a fan of putting a table top out in the sunlight - not with my memory, anyway o_O
 
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