I use whatever the piece calls for. For example, the nasty gray old B&J maple camera that I stripped the paint off of for my girlfriend got some minwax stain and before it was dry it got five coats of gloss lacquer from a Deft spray can. It wasn't something I wanted to spend a lifetime on. On the other hand, when I do a Deardorff, I hand rub orange shellac I prepare myself for the older ones and on the newer use an airbrush with lacquer just like they did near the end. So it depends on what the job calls for.