what finish for kitchen cabs -- Waterlox, lacquer, or? . . .
We are restoring 80+ year old gumwood doors and will be making new frames out of some as-yet-to be determined wood that we would color to match -- birch, alder, poplar ....? (As we are dis-assembling the old cabs we're finding that they contain a good deal of some kind of mystery wood -- the gumwood was used for the showy parts but not all the framing).
The question is -- what to use for a finish. Waterlox, or some kind of lacquer or varnish? The cabs were coated with poly. Everything will be sanded to bare wood. The gumwood will not be stained but the surrounding trims will likely need some kind of coloration. The kitchen is well used but gently used by just the two of us.
Would appreciate guidance!