Sorry Butch, It seems I left that out in my post
I forget if I covered it in previous posts at this point, but here is a photo of the groove in the drawer above;
MW, I find that restoration comes in handy at times, they do have some nice bauhaus looking things that aren't overly expensive that work as filler. For instance, I have something like nine ceiling mount lights, doing that in all Louis Poulsen, etc lighting gets outrageously expensive, so I did one in Luceplan, one in Poulsen and the remainder in RH. I have one remaining which I'll probably also pick something like Poulsen quality.
Bounder, the guys who do it day-in-day-out do it quickly but those years of experience are key to doing it at a reasonable pace. Even so it is time consuming by comparison to other methods. True, it is easy to bring back to life.
I like shellac as a general finish as well, I apply it by padding it on like a wipe-on finish until it starts to build, then I stop. It looks like a lacquer finish at that point, but is much easier to apply for me.