|Forum topic by TheOtherJohn||posted 320 days ago||507 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
320 days ago
I’m relatively new to woodworking and recently started my first actual project – building a toy box for my two boys. I’ve got to the point where the box is complete and the lid is complete. I’ve wiped the entire thing down with mineral spirits and its ready for stain/finish.
I used birch hardwood for most of the construction, with baltic birch as the box bottom and also as panels in the sides. I used a wood conditioner and minwax early american stain on the lid (both sides). I’m reasonably pleased with how that turned out and plan to apply a couple coats of poly for durability. My question is, what does one do with the inside of a toy box? The outside will be finished the same as the lid, but should I stain the inside or leave it? Maybe just apply poly? I’m really unclear regarding the standard practice for this type of thing and would appreciate any opinions out there – someone who’s only done this once has more experience than me.