Thomas Walnut Dresser: Drawer faces trimmed, installed, and first coat of Shellac

Two hours in the shop tonight and things went well. Half the drawers are now trimmed with solid walnut edge banding, installed on their drawer boxes, and they’ve been sanded and had two coats of Shellac applied. I don’t mix my own Shellac, I just buy quarts of Bulls-Eye Seal Coat, which is a dewaxed shellac that is ready to apply right out of the can. I wipe it on with clean cotton rags, and I wear gloves during the application. Dewaxed Shellac is best because the wipe-on varnish won’t have any problems adhering to it. Shellac is a resin excreted by the female Lac bug. It dissolves in alcohol and dries quickly. it is used to coat candy including skittles and jelly beans, and coat medicines for slow release. How’s that for safe and organic?


Here you can see the top row and notice the continuous grain. That’s really going to look great.


Check it out when the drawers are pushed in. Nice tight fit!


Here’s a detail of the trimmed out face. The solid walnut edge banding looks good and is easy to apply.

This really makes me feel like I’m getting close to the finish line. My only concern now is having enough time for the finish to cure before delivery. I know I can get the other drawer faces trimmed and installed tomorrow. After that it’s just sanding and finishing.

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