I’m almost done building a dining table from old growth redwood and starting to think about finishing. I want to retain the natural color. I was thinking of tung oil and then a clear poly or shellac. I’ve built plenty of furniture, but in a small apartment with a little boy, I tend to either leave it unfinished or throw a quick coat of stain on, so I really know very little about finishing – how many coats, sanding/steel wool between coats, etc.
Also, I’m building the table in a second home. I only get a few hours each weekend to work on it, so I’m a little hesitant to use tung oil as I understand it takes forever to dry and a day between coats could mean weeks to finish. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.