I left a piece of redwood with 8 coats of 3 pound cut shellac (made from blonde, dewaxed shellac flakes and denatured alcohol) in salt water for two hours. There was a little blushing from the moisture but the shellac seemed unaffected otherwise.

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Look closely and you can see a diagonal line, this is the waterline. At the top end of the piece of wood you can also see fingernail indents. I was able to make these even before I left the piece in water. I think I needed to wait longer for the shellac to harden. But a good sign that, even with unhardened shellac, it still stands up to water.

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