Boy Chuck, a lot going on in that piece!
Wax does a good job, but I think it is better on a smooth piece, with a piece blessed with voids, I think you would be better off with the rattle can lacquer.
One point to remember with the rattle can is to keep the can in the house overnight to keep it warm, before you spray, if your shop is cool or cold, the can will be too, and cold spray cans don't work as well as warm ones. Also, with that piece, you might want to think about a non-shiny finish, so a semi-gloss, would be better than a gloss finish, IMHO.
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