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#1 posted 02-14-2017 11:10 PM

To clarify, Minwax, Varithane and any other linseed oil based finishes will give the wood an amber look. I like it, but that may be because I grew up with Chevy’s/Fords (polymerized linseed oil and resin mix), but would be partial to Hondas or Subarus (waterborne) if that is what I was most familiar with.

It’s said the polymerized oils hold up to abuse better, but that may not be an issue for you, in this application.

Whatever you do, seal all twenty-seven sides (or six, or whatever) to minimize how fast the wood loses or gains moisture. If the wood was assembled at, say, a fifteen percent moisture content, then moved into a room with a dehumidifier (e.g., fireplace or stove), it’s going to dry and shrink, so it’ll move in strange ways.

All that aside, nice job. I like it too.

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