I decided to go with spar urethane (Helmsman satin by Minwax) as the protective finish. I read some reviews and thought I’d give it a try. I like the way it applies better than the regular polyurethane I used on the x-box 360 entertainment unit.
Hard to explain why it feels different but it just seems to go on easier. Maybe it’s thinner? It also seems to raise the grain a bit less so maybe I will need less sanding. Somebody said it isn’t better at water resistance, but if the sun hits this maybe it will hold up better?
Anyway, here’s a picture.
I think it looks pretty good.
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.