I've been super busy in the year since my last post about this project. Over the last summer, I did some major renovations to my back yard that required a backhoe, stump grinder, tiller and bobcat. I removed the horrible and haphazard landscaping the previous owners did, I repaired and added to the water drains, I removed old dilapidated fencing and installed new fencing, I installed hundreds of decorative border blocks, installed a new rose garden, reseeded my backyard lawn, installed new water trough/planters, removed the horrible front hedges and planted yellow hedges to go better with the color of my house, extended water lines, added rock and redwood for ground cover, completely redid the space between the back of my house and my spare unit/studio and planted lillies, ranunculi and dalia. On top of that, I visited my kids in Colorado and Mississippi ands worked the fires in Redding and Lake County California as well as the storms that we endured in NorCal (I build power lines). SO... I'm back to this project. I need to get it completed so I can get the guitar to San Francisco to get the neck Plek'd when I go there to get meet relatives flying in from Sydney, AU. At this point, I sanded the body down to 1000 grit and I've attempted to finish with tung oil. What I wanted was a semi-gloss oil finish. What I didn't know was that rosewood is a wood that is very oily and it won't take a tung oil finish applied directly to the body. After hours of research, I've learned that the body needs to be de-oiled with something like acetone or denatured alcohol and a barrier coat of shellac should be applied before proceeding to a top coat. My original plan was to shoot it with nitro and I actually have all the supplies to do that including a shower tent for a spray booth and a non-explosive exhaust fan for vapor extraction. I switched the plan to an oil finish after completing a pair of nightstand tables with a tung oil finish. That was how I learned about the issue of the oil in the rosewood. My new plan is to do the shellac barrier coat and... the next step is where I'm soliciting opinions. Should I do a French polish? The pros: Amazing finish, "relatively" basic task requiring only shellac flakes (on the way), denatured alcohol (got it), lubricating oil like olive oil or something else light and clean (got it), pumice (got it), linen (got it), wool (got it), non-toxic, easy to repair. Cons: Labor intensive and could be tricky to get it right the first time. The finish is not as durable as other finishes. i.e.: Great finish for classical acoustic where the person playing it might take great care with the guitar but maybe not so great for a "rocker's" electric. Heat sensitive. If left in the case in a hot car, the finish could melt a bit. Should I shoot it with lacquer? The pros: Another amazing finish when done correctly. More durable than shellac. Classic finish used on most classic electric guitars. "Relatively" easy to repair. Great patina and crazing over time for that "mojo" in years to come. The cons: Toxic and requires specialty precautions such as ventilation, PPE like a respirator (got it) and a clean and dust free area (got it). I don't think I want to do a poly finish. Any opinions? Btw, here's a couple pics of my Xmas present... a 1995 Martin Custom Shop HD-28.