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#1 posted 08-04-2011 10:37 PM

The laminant may be a good option; however, it requires some skill to makesure the contact cement covers both surfaces properly and ensure the piece is lined up well. I normally use dowels or thin pieces of wood spaced out about 1’ between each to ensure the laminant does not stick down too soon. You’re not getting that piece off once it’s bonded.
If you are looking for a natural finish and don’t have a compressor or HVLP, you can use a wipe on poly like the minwax brand. I would do more research on other sites as well.
A lot depends on what finish you are trying to achieve and if you are wanting to add color. If you’re new to finishing, minwax polyshades is an easier way to stain and finish in one shot. I would go with a satin finish, not gloss. Further, I would use a poplar, maple, or birch for the edging. It would match your project better than the oak.

Best of luck and I look forward to seeing the pictures of the finished product.

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