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#1 posted 03-07-2021 06:25 AM

Gloss or sheen is a key factor in the “noticeable” category. A second factor is thickness. So the most noticeable is a high gloss finish that’s very thick, like a bar-top finish. At the opposite end is a matte-finish Danish Oil, as Walker suggests, that is wiped-on and wiped off. Such wipe-on finishes go on very thin, and that ‘see only the wood look’ somewhat defines Danish modern furniture.

Amber colored finishes will impart some warm tones to the wood. If you to shift the color a bit more, and make it more vibrant, than I would suggest that you try a wash coat with shellac which will make the wood a lot more vibrant and impart a tone depending on the type of shellac. Shellac can be stained with a dye for more color intensity.

If this were my project, I would seal/stain with shellac. Then topcoat with some wipe-on a couple coats of polyurethane for durability. And then rub out the finish to the sheen desired.

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