I’ve got three coats of waterlox on it. When it’s plenty dry, about a week or two (it’s shiny wet in these pictures) I’ll wet sand it lightly with 600 grit wet/dry paper and then spray a coat of polyurethane. I’ve also yet to install the hinges. Four chest hinges. I’m going to install the hinges on the front as the bench will be up against a wall and opening from the front would necessitate pulling it away from the wall. Opening from the back would eliminate this. Because it’s for occasional storage this shouldn’t be an issue.
I’ve also got a earthy colored paisley upholstery material picked out for a thin 1” pad on the top. Sister is good with the sewing machine.
And Grizz… I’ve decided not to do a cedar bottom at this time. They birch ply will have to do for now.. Sorry ;-)
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.