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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Mixing Shellac

Until now I've been using premixed shellac. I think those days are done. Having just finished a knife for my dad, I'm sold on the idea of mixing shellac flakes.

For a 1 pound cut, I want to use half an ounce of flakes to 4 ounces of alcohol.

Getting the alcohol measured out.

These mustard jars are some of my favorites for mixing stuff.

A little while later, the flakes have dissolved.
I've been using Behlen's up until now. I really like it. This one pound cut seems to build up a bit quicker on my knife handles. As much as I like the Behlen's, I believe I'll be using the home mixed shellac for now on.

1 comment:

  1. Don Williams uses Everclear grain alcohol, the 190 proof drinking stuff to dissolve his flakes. I'm thinking of going back to mixing my own - I stopped because the price of flakes went through the roof.