While the raw leather adds a nice Conan-like smell to my shop, I’ve got to finish the legs, stretchers and backrests for the Roorkhee chairs.
My finish of choice: garnet shellac – Tiger Flakes from Tools for Working Wood, to be specific. I love the stuff. It mixes like a martini, is easy to spray and gives me just the right color for vintage stuff.
Of course, spraying shellac always attracts the attention of the new neighbors behind us.
“It’s OK,” I’ll yell. “You can eat this stuff. They put it on strawberries and apples and pills and…”
The neighbors go inside and start closing their windows.
I guess that’s what you get for building a new house in the drainage swamp behind our house.
When I spray lots of pieces like this, I string up a clothesline between a tree and basketball goal; then I hang the parts on some wire hangers. This is how I learned to spray doors while working at the ThermaTru door company. Of course, I don’t have an oven to bake on the finish like I did at ThermaTru (that’s OK, shellac dries fast.)
And there was one more big advantage to spraying at ThermaTru – birds wouldn’t crap upon your work. The inside of my campaign chest still has some poo shadows.
— Christopher Schwarz