I am building a ‘chess box'(?) to contain the pieces and have the board on top. The board slides out and has a plain wood surface on the reverse. Because the ends of the top would be sharp if it were mitered – as are the case sides – and prone to damage I have decided to not miter the top.
That leaves me with cherry end grain as shown in the figure.
Does anyone have a suggestion for finishing that end grain so that it will not be darker than the rest of the cherry sides?
I am considering shellac with wax as the finish for the cherry.