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    Waldo Nell

    I am in the middle of finishing a drawer I made with shellack, I am on the second coat. However it seems like I did not get all the dust out of the pores in the birds eye maple I used for the drawer front, and now it looks dirty / gritty.

    Is it okay if I plane the face and re-coat with shellac – leaving the rest of the drawer untouched (2nd coat of shellac)?

    Stijn Bossuyt

    Yes, that would definitely work. Just put 2 coats of shellac on the face of the drawer again after planing. And maybe even a third coat for the entire drawer.


    That would work-the shellac is also relatively easy to strip with denatured alcohol, removing some or most will make the planing easier. Sanding after planing the birdseye maple will cause the sanding dust in the pores again-try to finish from the tool without sanding. My hat’s off to you for finish planing birds eye maple, I usually resort to a scraper as the last step.

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