I appreciate the input from a number of folks about potential finishing methods. I tried a few and settled on a final choice.
I started out trying to find a finish that would retain the natural look of the bubinga without significantly changing the color. Unfortunately I failed.
I used a scraper to level my last two test boards and then sanded the surface with 320 followed by 400 grit.
Tried one side with aerosol spray lacquer – 3 coats
and one side with pure tung oil (rockler) thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits – 3 coats
I wanted to do a shellac test as well but I did not have any clear shellac on hand.
I let both samples dry for 48 hours and what I discovered is that some of red color that seemed to be lost when the oil was initially applied seemed to come back later on the tung oil test board.
So I did a larger test with both samples.
I did not like the lacquer alone.
I did like the tung oil.
So I went with 3 coats tung oil (coat 1 thinned with equal amount mineral spirits, wait 24 hours, second coat full strength, wait 24 hours, final coat, full strength). Waited 4 days and then applied a coat of water based lacquer (will add a 2-3 more at end). This is the final results I got.
BTW … thank you to all the jocks that contributed finishing input to the attached forum entry on finishing (please ignore the garbage spill over from the NSF) ... ””How do I get the grain back?””:http://http://lumberjocks.com/topics/32004
Next step … adding a top to my base.
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn