Building an oak shoe rack - what finish to use?
I'm taking my first baby step into woodworking by trying to build a version of the shoe rack shown in the link. I've bought the oak boards & have a Bosch palm router on it's way to me (with some bits) as a belated birthday present.
So here's the question - what finish should I use on it?
I'd prefer a finish that will let me clean/touch-up as it gets worn or scratched. I'm not a fan of polyurethane when it looks really plasticy, and would rather see a soft luster on the wood. I don't plan to stain it, just finish it. I know it's fallen out of favor but I still really like oak.
BTW - if anyone wonders why I'm making a shoe rack for $XXX when I could have bought one from Target or Ikea for $Y ... we have a really small space to put a shoe rack in and this will fit well. I'm building it with sides to hold the boards in place & was thinking about using dowels instead of the angle brackets to hold them in place. The space I have is narrow, so I'll be building a version with shelves about 18" wide (enough to hold 2 pairs of my shoes or 1 of DH's).
Thanks in advance for the help!
Here is a link that might be useful: Shoe Rack Inspiration