i had to look back for that one allen, too bad that fell through. got all of the parts sealed yesterday, got all of them gel stained today, going to spray the shellac tomorrow. once the shellac sets up, final assembly can begin.
ok, a couple of days worth of updates. attached the saw tooth guides to the inner and outer sides, and then, because everything was sealed, hit them with the gel stain. finished up the parts that will be exposed, with a couple of coats of shellac. tomorrow morning starts the final assembly, fitting the doors, drawers, and adjustable shelves to the case.
really coming along now! got the case assembled, and standing on it's own. had to make some adjustments too. did the penny thickness test on the drawer faces, and had to drop the height a bit on the jointer. the doors were a bit more fun, had to remake those entirely, but they fit nicely. he decided to go with the plywood panel, instead of frosted glass (oh well). 2 of the adjustable shelves needed to be remade, as the notches were too wide, and too long, the other 2 fit quite nicely. got the trim boards stained and shellacked, so they are ready for cutting and tacking to the case. the top is another item. after trying to fix the shellac errors (forgot about never brushing large areas), sanded down to smooth, and taking it to my cousin the cabinet maker, to have him do a proper job of spraying it. now for the pictures....
yes, i am using shellac as the final finish, with a dusting of pledge to give it a bit of protection. sanded the new adjustable shelves, and hit them with sealer and stain, along with the edges of the good shelves.
The Pledge won't be any real protection to keep any alcohol-based products from softening and smearing the shellac. Pretty much any other clear finish other than shellac would be resistant to the alcohol. Something like rattle-can clear Krylon would offer a much more durable finish and it can go directly over the shellac. If you've already hit it with Pledge (or any other wax), you'd need to wipe it down with mineral spirits before applying the final clear coat.