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Tips on making shellac from flakes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Nov-Dec 1988 (v.4#5) pg. 6

A tale of two finishes. Shellac and varnish. A fresh look at traditional finishing materials.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Nov-Dec 1989 (v.5#6) pg. 36

Making and using shellac to seal the inside of drawers used to store clothes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #29 Nov-Dec 1992 pg. 10

Three foolproof finishes that can be wiped on. How to prepare the wood and apply water-based polyurethane, oil and shellac.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 64

Shellac, a miracle finish that is often overlooked. The pros and cons of shellac and advice on how to handle and apply it.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #34 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 76

Tips on mixing and applying a shellac finish to mahogany wall paneling without runs and sags.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #38 May-Jun 1994 pg. 16

Tip on avoiding shellac blush.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #49 Dec 1995 pg. 14

Using burn-in sticks (shellac sticks, lacquer sticks) to fill small dings and dents in a wood finish.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #49 Dec 1995 pg. 82

Shellac, a tradition of beauty and versatility. A description of the varieties, how to mix flakes with denatured alcohol for application and tips on its storage.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #60 Aug 1997 pg. 78
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #64 Feb 1998 pg. 20

How to remove imperfections in a shellac finish.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #65 Apr 1998 pg. 22

Shellac and beeswax, a fast finish with a silky feel. Includes instructions for making your own shellac finish from flakes and denatured alcohol and for mixing beeswax flakes with turpentine. Applications and repairs discussed, along with advice on which surfaces to finish before gluing them together.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #66 Jun 1998 pg. 58
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #71 Feb 1999 pg. 14

How to remove the wax from shellac to form a sealer that is compatible with most other finishes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #80 Jun 2000 pg. 98

Repair and revitalize minor damage in varnish, lacquer and shellac finishes. Some tips.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Aug 1989 (v.67#8) pg. 49

Rediscovering shellac. Part 2. How to prepare and apply this ancient finish.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Jun 1998 (v.21#9) pg. 24

How traditional shellac compares with modern alternatives. How to prepare shellac and apply shellac.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Apr 2001 (v.24#6) pg. 20

How to apply shellac like a professional using the padding method.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP May 2001 (v.24#7) pg. 20

Rediscovering shellac. Part 1. Introduction to this environmentally friendly finish made from an excretion of the lac bug.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1998 (v.21#8) pg. 22

How to apply a shellac and wax finish to a breadbox which will neither retain any odor nor contaminate the bread.
FINE WOODWORKING #9 Winter 1977 pg. 23

Finishing materials. An overview of the uses and properties of all major wood finishes, including shellac, lacquer, sanding sealers, drying oils, tung oil, varnishes of different types, and rubbing oils.
FINE WOODWORKING #17 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 72

To finish the finish. How to handrub varnish, lacquer, and shellac finishes to remove any traces of dust, lint, and brushmarks.
FINE WOODWORKING #18 Sep-Oct 1979 pg. 75

Tip: Wood finish involves using raw linseed oil followed by orange shellac.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 26

Tips on using shellac sticks to repair furniture finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #29 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 20

Tip: How to combine reactive and solvant-release finishes. For example, applying varnish over a sealer coat of shellac or lacquer.
FINE WOODWORKING #45 Mar-Apr 1984 pg. 16

Tips on repairing shellac finishes which have turned dark over the years.
FINE WOODWORKING #49 Nov-Dec 1984 pg. 14

How to avoid streaks when applying colored shellac.
FINE WOODWORKING #52 May-Jun 1985 pg. 14

Tips look at possible causes for "non-hardening" of shellac.
FINE WOODWORKING #56 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 18

Tip: Use a hot-glue gun to melt shellac sticks.
FINE WOODWORKING #59 Jul-Aug 1986 pg. 10

Shellac finishing. This traditional finish still yields outstanding results.
FINE WOODWORKING #71 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 56

Making your own shellac sticks that are used to repair minor surface defects before finishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #84 Sep-Oct 1990 pg. 16

Advice on the importance of using only fresh shellac when finishing furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #86 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 30

Padding on shellac. A durable finish that is quick to apply and easy to repair.
FINE WOODWORKING #112 May-Jun 1995 pg. 60

Tip on using shellac as a base coat for the unfinished underside of an old tabletop and table leaves.
FINE WOODWORKING #113 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 30

Shellac. A marvelously versatile finish. Advice on preparation, application, and maintenance of shellac finishes.
FINE WOODWORKING #134 Jan-Feb 1999 pg. 129

How to refinish furniture. Part 2 of 3. Covers the finishing sequence (stain, sealer, filler, and top coat). Gives instructions on lacquer, varnish and shellac finishes. Includes polishing and French polish finishes.
HANDY ANDY Apr 1980 (v.4#7) pg. 60

Fine wood finishes. Five ways to give wood protection and a beautiful polish. Covers shellac, oil varnish, polyurethane varnish, oil finish, wax and wood stains.
HOMEOWNER Nov 1988 (v.13#9) pg. 55

Tips on finishing raw wood furniture using shellac and wood stains.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #456 May 1966 (v.62) pg. 103

Tips on finishing an apple wood turning with shellac and alcohol.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Spring 1979 (v.10#1) pg. 4

How to apply a spun shellac finish to a wooden plate while the plate is still on the lathe.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Summer-Fall 1980 (v.11#2) pg. 4

A look at the five basic types of wood furniture finishes: varnish, lacquer, wax, oils, and shellac.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 16

Refinishing furniture using the Stuhr Museum method. Works only with traditional varnish or shellac finishes.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1975 (v.3#12) pg. 2

Refinishing clinic. Final finishes on wood. Looks at varnish, lacquers, shellac, and oils.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1977 (v.5#2) pg. 22

Tip: Use orange shellac to make new wood match old wood that has been stripped and refinished.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1986 (v.14#1) pg. 46

Tip: Pigmented shellac works as sealant of mildew and mineral stains and as undercoat on "questionable" walls before wallpapering.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1986 (v.14#4) pg. 158

Tip on testing for and maintaining interior doors which have been "ebonized" with black shellac.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1990 (v.18#4) pg. 24

A good shellacking. How to restore or apply a shellac finish on wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1995 (v.23#1) pg. 54

Fantastic finishes. How to apply four of the most popular clear hardwood finishes (hand-rubbed oil, shellac, varnish, and lacquer).
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1985 (v.162#11) pg. 138

Shellac, the wood finish easiest to use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1966 (v.189#4) pg. 172

Finishing with shellac. Looks at general practice and special effects.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #52 Jan 1990 (v.9#4) pg. 26

Shellac. Its advantages as a general purpose finish. How to mix and apply shellac.
SHOPNOTES #31 Jan 1997 (v.6) pg. 28

Shellac. An old way to a perfect finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #81 Sep 1995 (v.12#6) pg. 66

Tip on finishing wood that has been sealed with shellac.
WOOD MAGAZINE #93 Dec 1996 (v.13#9) pg. 22

Shellac as a boatbuilding material. Tips on using shellac as a temporary coating, sealer, adhesive, bedding compound, etc.
WOODENBOAT #76 May-Jun 1987 pg. 18

Film finishes and how they cure. Looks at shellac, lacquer, varnish, polyurethane, and waterborne finishes.
WOODWORK #8 Winter 1990 pg. 80

Understanding the relationship between solvents, the weather, and finishes can help overcome many common finish failures when working with lacquer, shellac, varnish, and water-borne finishes.
WOODWORK #9 Spring 1991 pg. 45

Evaluating shellac as a furniture finish. How to select and test shellac for color and hardness. How to brush shellac. How to dissolve your own shellac.
WOODWORK #33 Jun 1995 pg. 52
Added Info WOODWORK #34 Aug 1995 pg. 6

Tips on achieving a satin finish on black ash using polyurethane or shellac-based sanding sealer.
WOODWORKER Mar 1987 (v.91#3) pg. 233

Tips on selecting clear finishes (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish, and sanding sealer).
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.7#1) pg. 18

Tips on applying a clear finish (lacquer, polyurethane, penetrating oil, shellac, varnish and sanding sealer) using a brush.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 18

Shellac. How to mix and use shellac finishes.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1985 (v.9#1) pg. 15

Applying shellac and lacquer with a brush.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1985 (v.9#2) pg. 16

Restoring antiques. How to fix nicks, scratches, and splits with stick shellac.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1985 (v.9#5) pg. 16

Wood finishing. Shellac. How it's made, mixed, applied, etc.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1987 (v.11#4) pg. 13
Added Info WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1987 (v.11#5) pg. 7

Repairing deep gouges and scratches in furniture with stick shellac.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1965 (v.21#4) pg. 54

A look at sealers, shellac, varnish, primer-sealer, sanding sealer and lacquer.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1972 (v.28#6) pg. 50

The case for shellac. An explanation of its advantages, disadvantages and application.
WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1996 (v.52#4) pg. 8