Hi, I just started woodworking and I'm confused about all the finish options. I ended up using polyurethane on my first piece because I couldn't sort it all out but I'd like to hear what others are using to finish projects.
My project was pine and I bought a sanding sealer to use under the stain to make it take evenly. Fine.
I thought I might like to use an amber varnish to mellow the finish a little because I wasn't crazy about the stain color - it needed warming up. That's when I ran into problems. The book I have said to wipe a 2lb cut of varnish over the stain. Well, the sanding sealer I bought is a 2lb cut of varnish and nowhere on the can do they suggest using it as a top coat. The manufacturer suggests a 3lb cut of varnish. Unable to figure this out I went with polyurethane.
Now I'm trying to decide whether I should call it a day or wax the piece after the poly cures.
Please share your favorite finishing techniques.