well, it finally has come to pass, with the extra time on my hands, thanks to not working, the time has come to finish the dining room set (that is what the wife tells me). she reminded me that i was going to finish it last year. so, she finally liked one of my finish samples (varathane cognac stain, rub with varathane kona gel stain, 2 coats of 1.5# cut of garnet shellac, and 2 coats of clear shellac, with a coat of poly on the table top). today, sanded all of the short side spindles, and gave them the coat of cognac. tomorrow, more sanding, and staining. the rest of the chairs, and the table will have to wait on the weather to cooperate.