February 2014 Meeting – Mixing & Using Shellac

This month’s presentation will be given by our resident finishing expert, Phil Choquette, who happens to be one of our club’s founding members. Phil joined the guild in 1984 about when it was formed by a small group of local woodworkers. Phil retired from the US Navy in 1978 where he served as an air traffic controller for most of his 26 years in the service. His woodworking career goes much farther back and included a cabinet shop in Florida. Restoring and refinishing furniture eventually became his area of expertise and still is today, although he occasionally takes on other woodworking commissions. Phil plans to discuss some of the history and misconceptions of shellac and share many of his trade secrets for great finishing. We’ll even be treated to a short demonstration and get the chance to watch shellac dry!


I-5 to Exit 226 (Kincaid Street Exit). Go East up the hill. This is Broadway Street. Turn right on S. 13th Street and go about 6 blocks.The Hillcrest Park is on the right. Turn right into the parking lot in front of Hillcrest Lodge.

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