Post# 24 ~ After being forced to take two weeks or so off from the project because of a very bad cold over Christmas, I'm back at it.
I did the same thing to the bathroom door that I did to the closet door, and when done with both doors, flush cut the edges, then rounded the edges over with a 1/8" roundover bit. I then put on two more coats of Amber shellac, and two coats of clear.
I used Larry's method of shellacing from cannedhamtrailers.com to lay down the first layers of shellac on the 4' X 8' sheets of Birch plywood.
Then after I got everything cut out and applied to the cabinet, bathroom & closet doors, and drawers I decided to do some refined finishing techniques because of a bit of streakiness I didn't like.
After watching some youtube videos on french polishing I decided to try the new method on these items. I really like the results as I got a smoother more mirror like finish. Here is a link to one of the videos I watched. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxRIPkzgUTM.
Method I used: I took an old wool sock (or half a sock) and placed it in the middle of a double layered cotton cloth (I used part of a flour sack towel), & tied it off to make a pad. After sanding with 240 grit sandpaper & removing any dust, I then dipped the pad into a small amount of shellac, dripped a few drops of denatured alcohol on top, plus a drop of mineral oil for lubrication. I rubbed the pad over the door face following the grain of the wood until it was coated with the shellac. To keep the pads from drying out, I kept them in a jar with an airtight lid. I let the shellac dry for an hour, then rubbed 0000 steel wool over it, wiped any dust off it, then applied another coat. If I needed more layers I repeated the process.
When I liked the way it looked I applied a coat of paste wax on it to help protect it, and buffed it to a shine.
I think they came out very nice. I think am going to do this to the walls and cabinets too, because it just looks really nice.
I do have to redo one of the cabinet door fronts, because when I flush cut around the edges the birch paneling delaminated really bad. Luckily I had a spare piece that would fit the door. So I've removed the old and have glued the new face on. Hopefully this piece won't have the same issue.
|Largest cabinet door.|
|6 of 8 cabinet doors.|
|Two upper cabinets I had to recreate, because the previous owners removed them.|
|French Polish supplies. Shellac, denatured alcohol, mineral oil, 0000 steel wool, and the application pads.|