I made an Eastern Red Cedar blanket chest on consignment. The lumber was kiln dried from a local sawmill where I have bought before.
After construction, I applied a coat of BLO, waited 15 minutes and wiped off the excess. The next day I did the same thing. The chest then sat in the shop with the BLO curing for 18 days.
This Saturday I applied two coats of Zinnser Shellac seal coat about four hours apart and sanded in between coats with a gray Scotchbrite pad. This afternoon, I applied three coats of USL with about 2 hours between coats. I did not sand between the USL coats.
After the last coat of USL had dried I noticed that the finish had a sort of crackled look in places. It's smooth to the touch but some light sanding with 320 grit made the crackle look really show.
I was thinking the Zinnser seal coat was dewaxed but the crackle look makes me think it wasn't. Does anybody have any ideas why it turned out like that? I'm probably going to have to sand it off and start over now.