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#1 posted 10-30-2018 06:23 PM

If you want to add color you can use a stain or a dye OR you can add the stain or dye to the urethane. I would suggest researching the use of water versus oil based finishes. I would suggest using a wipe-on finish. Research how to sand and what type of abrasive to use between coats to achieve a smooth finish.

I suggest General Finishes Oil and Urethane – Satin. This is a simple to apply finish that will provide protection but not appear as a film on the wood. The oil will help bring out the figure and the urethane will provide protection. I just wipe it on out of the can. Sand lightly with a medium to fine synthetic abrasive pad between coats. Four coats should do the trick.

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