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    • Zinsser Bullseye Shellac is not dewaxed. Zinsser Bullseye SealCoat IS dewaxed.  I have heard from multiple sources that aerosol spray shellac is dewaxed, but have not been able to confirm that claim. It makes sense that the wax could cause problems with the spray nozzle, but I still go for the SealCoat when I need it to be dewaxed.
    • Oh my yeah that's tight fit 
    • I'm not sure what the products you are referring to are. If you are going to apply a shellac, make sure that it's dewaxed. If you use a shellac that isn't dewaxed the wax will not allow the varnish to adhere and it will flake off over time. Dewaxed shellac is labeled , so if it's not stated it's not dewaxed.
    • I pretty much only get time in the shop in the evening, so some of these rules wouldn't work for me. I do try not to get into a task with my hands anywhere near power tools with cutters if I'm tired. Often if I just want to go in and unwind a bit I'll just use the hand tools (and it's quieter if the kids have just gone to bed). I also generally go with the rule that if I spend more than 5 minutes searching for the tool that was just in my hand, it's time to give up for the evening.  I will occasionally have a beer in the shop, but only if I'm sanding, finishing, or doing easy hand work (scraping, hand planing, etc). Like anything else, most of this is common sense.
    • We are moving now. Here's my progress since last post.... This post I tackle the seat joints, pre-assembly shaping, and the seat glue up. Cut the back notches for the rear leg joints. A few thoughts here, first the size of the notch is only somewhat important. I try to be dead on but as you'll see with assembly there is extra seat here extending out past the rear leg. So if you cut the notch at 2 15/16ths" instead of 3", you'll be fine. The real big deal is the fact that this notch needs to be dead on square, I mean dead on.  The front notches are only 1/4" deep, I set up the blade and the fences so the cut is done without needing any adjustments. Also I just leave on my standard blade and nibble away, quicker than setting up the dado stack; Against the Incra stop; Against the tablesaw fence; Cut is a little rough at first; Router plane makes quick work of this and gives me a perfectly flat surface. I would have used the router plane with the dado stack anyway, another reason I just use a standard blade for this notch. Once you have your notches it's time to route the notch to develop the classic Maloof joint outline. I find using the handheld router here a mistake waiting to happen. To me the router table with the starter pin in place gives me much more control; Few minutes later, looking good. With the maple I did get some burning, esp with the end grain. I don't think there is any avoiding this and the joint has a ton of gluing surface anyway; Now before I glue up the seat I'm going to take a minute to do some pre-assembly shaping. This helps a ton developing the contour of the future seat. The outside boards are placed next to the already cut boards they will be glued to. I strike a line for depth and begin shaping. Here you can see my guide lines; One side done; other side done. Take notice how little dust is present on the table. This operation was completed by the Festool Ras and took about 7 minutes per board!!!  Is it necessary to do this pre-assembly shaping. No, but it helps. I can hold my RAS at an angle that is not possible when the seat is assembled. If you look at this photo you can see the RAS disc would be digging into the adjacent board. To do this operation once the seat is assembled you need to hold your grinder in a much more awkward and less effective angle; Here's a view of board number 4, I'm pretty aggressive with my reduction. I was aware of my domino placement and we should be fine. Once the seat is completely shaped then I would expect this area to be slightly over 3/4" at it's thinnest; Finally, all glued up, I almost forgot you need to put the seat in this position so glue doesn't drip down into your joints. Positioned wrong at first but caught myself; So you can see from above I'm well on my way to shaping this seat, it's nothing more than blending together the boards now. Also with shaping I think the biggest thing I see people do that I don't think looks good is they scoop out on the perimeter at a harsh slope to their depth then they have a large flat area 1" below the top of the seat. I want my slope to be more gradual and much less "flat" area. This shape tend to cradle the legs and the backside and is much more comfortable. I'll elaborate on this in the next post as shaping the seat is on the agenda then. These operations took just 1 hr, so I'm sitting at 4.5hrs so far. Thanks for looking.    
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