The base has been assembled now for about a week.
But what’s taken time has been new discussion on the finish. After long planning to do an Arm-R-Seal or similar, my wife decided she wanted to keep the wood as light as possible. Since the oil would take it to an amber color, that meant either shellac, lacquer or water-borne acrylic/polyurethane.
After some samples were compared, we decided to go with General Finishes’ High Performance. It seemed to keep the closest color. Without building a deep film, which she wants it closer to the wood, I think this will be our best bet.
I’ve pulled out my Rockler HVLP (first time to use that!), and have raised the grain, sanded with 320, and getting ready to spray. Now, WHERE to do that? Hmmm…
-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success