First, I would like to say this is a great site. I am more of a lurker than poster. I do more woodcarving than woodworking, but I thought I'd post some questions here first. I have just finished a relief woodcarving in butternut. It's somewhat small, about 6 3/4" x 10". I plan on putting a walnut frame around it. The walnut is cut and ready to go. I've never carved butternut before. First question is regarding finishing walnut and butternut. I was thinking about putting on Watco Danish oil natural on the butternut and maybe the walnut too. Would that be a good choice? Is there something better to finish with? Should I finish them before I glue the frame onto the carving? Or, should I glue the frame and then just brush on the oil over the whole thing? As far as gluing, do you feel the glue is suffiecient enough to hold? I plan on using Titebond wood glue. Or, do you think I need somekind of brad nail through the miter joints of the walnut frame. I was thinking the glue should be enough. Oh, and the last question is should I spray a sealer such as Deft over the whole thing after the oil dries?
Sorry for all the questions but just looking for some suggestions.