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#1 posted 04-27-2017 01:05 PM

You’re going to have to use something other than oil for your first coat. Oils are best for highlighting grain.

You might try a coat of 1# cut of shellac followed by water based poly. Most shellacs will give you a bit of yellow and water based poly is quite clear and will give you a very protective finish for the kitchen.

Finishing is mostly trial and error. Test your finishing plan on scrap to see if it turns out the way you want it.

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