Scaling Down "Pound-Cuts"Comments (0)
This article is from Issue 42 of Woodcraft Magazine.
When giving instructions on mixing your own shellac from
flakes, many woodworking articles refer to “pound-cut,” which indicates how
many pounds of flakes are mixed into one gallon of denatured alcohol.
Unfortunately, the math for scaling down the dry- and fluid-oz. measurements
when mixing smaller amounts can be confusing. To simplify matters, remember
that a “pound cut” ratio is the same as an “ounce/cup” ratio. (One ounce of
flakes to one cup of alcohol yields a 1-lb. cut; two ounces of flakes to one
cup of alcohol for a 2-lb. cut, etc). I find that a cup or two is enough
for mid-sized projects. If not, it’s easy to mix up more at the same cut.
Mike Buchanan, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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