I built a workbench, and have the bottom cabinets (quartersawn oak) finished in oil/poly. For the top (all maple), I have been fretting over whether to use spar varnish-as in the article in Fine woodworking from a year or two ago, or use shellac. I love the look of buttonlac, but the want toughness of the spar- can I combine? I would like to have it look pretty, but it is there to work- i would prefer a pickup to a porsche.
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