I usually browse Breaktime but I thought this question was more appropriate here. Pardon my newness to the finishing process, my knowledge is somewhat limited.
I am installing a new handrails and newel posts for a set of carpeted stairs. I love the feel of hand-rubbed finishes. I’ve done some small furniture pieces with Watco penetrating oil finish which I wet polished. I can’t get that silky feel with any brush applied finish.
The house is trimmed with pine moldings finished with varnish and have a lovely golden patina. The new handrail is hard maple. I know I need to stain or dye the maple to match the aged look of the pine. This would be exacerbated by the use of water based finishes if I don’t use a penetrating oil finish.
How would a penetrating finish holdup? What about shellac?
Could someone offer some guidance? Thanks!