Hello everyone, I am a beginner in woodworking. I have made a couple of mantle clocks courtesy of a Wood Craft class. I am now attempting to make a Hope Chest for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The exterior is cedar and the base is Paduak(sp?). I made plugs of Paduak to cover the screws. To gain some weight and solidity I placed a piece of 3/4” plywood at the bottom. The interior is covered in aromatic cedar. I am now trying to find a good finish for it. I have experimented with Tung and Danish oils but did not like the results. I live in FL and was told by the people of Wood Craft that the Tung oil does not hold up well in FL anyway. I believe this chest will take a beating during it’s lifetime so whatever finish I use I plan on covering it with an epoxy. Does anyone have any ideas as to what base finish to use? I have been working on this chest for over a year. I am a disabled veteran and sometimes cannot make it out of bed for days at a time so I can’t afford to make too many mistakes as her birthday is next month. I do have several pieces of cedar leftover to practice on. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
-- ManofStone trying to become a woodworker