Things you need:

Denatured Alcohol
Rag (or an Artist Brush) 
Rag or Cloth 
Mason Jar with top
Small Dish
220 sand paper
Chip Brush 
Frame (I made it out of Mahogany)

I reason why I use Shellac with Mahogany is that i makes  the figure stand out more then if you would use an oil.  

Step 1: Finishing Wood with Shellac at Techshop

Put down Cardboard to cover the table. 

I use a one to one mix of Shellac and Denatured Alcohol. The one to one mix doesn't have to be perfect, just as long as it close. When you use the one to one part the mixture, you have to apply more coats but you will get a better finish in the end. And you don't have to sand as much in between coats. 
hi, does the shellac darken the wood using this method? I'm working on a project and I am wanting to keep the mahogany as light coloured as possible.
I have to inform you that the statement made is incorrect that flakes last longer then the pre-mixed product used in this step by step. Rustoleum which owns zinsser has claimed that their shellac used here has a shelf life of 3-1/2 years!!. When I mix my shellac my self using the flakes I maybe get approx 2-3 months in properly sealed container max! Just a little tid-bit of info. Good post I love using shellac very nice finish that isn't used much any more it seems. :(
Shellac flakes have a much longer shelf life than ready mixed shellac. I use it for French polishing guitars. CM
I don't see many solidbody guitars finished with shaellac. Is there a reason for that?
I've wanted to use shellac as a finish for a while now, but I haven't seized any recent finishing opportunities to incorporate it. <br> <br>Couple of questions: Have you ever used the shellac flakes? Do you know if there is any advantage to using them over the liquid version?
I have never used Shellac flakes...I will put it on my to do list. Give me a few weeks and I will get back to you.

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