I know I need to do something to finish these chairs sooner rather than later.
The finish might depend upon where the chairs end up. If they end up on the back porch then either paint or stain will do. Someone suggest spar varnish – which is what they use on boats. It’s UV resistant which is great. It will be on a covered porch, but will get the late afternoon sun.
There are so many edges on this chair that it’s going to be a lot of work to stain. It would be a lot easier to paint the chair. I’ve painted wood before and it goes pretty well. I have a can of tan colored paint from painting the trim on the house and it would look nice.
On the other hand, the chairs will be in my “fancy room” at least until I build a couple of indoor Morris Chairs. I also bought myself a Delta Mortising Machine so that may not be that far off. I’m trying to find a local source of QSWO and running into dead ends so this will probably be months away.
Leaning towards stain…
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.