Working with shellac
I'm making a small pine top side table, been testing BLO + shellac, treated it with a old fashion vinegar + steel wool first. It looks great - it has 2 coats of BLO, 3 coats of shellac.
I'm having a hard time laying down the shellac uniformly, my last coat went on the best yet, but there are still a few thicker lines and one or two starved spots. It's cottage furniture, so I'm not sure how much I care but... I'm trying to decide if I should try to fix these shellac lines, it would look much nicer with a smoother finish. Can you smooth a shellac finish with a rag soaked in alcohol, or is this just going to get me into more problems? Am I better off sanding the whole thing with very fine sandpaper and calling it a day?