What kind of finish to use?
I'm working on building my first real piece of furniture. It's just a small cabinet (like an end table) with a couple of small doors in front. It will sit in my TV room between to chairs. I'm making it out of pine. The wood is very soft and I want to put a finish on it that will make it much harder. I'm assuming I will stain it first then apply some kind of clear finish. I do not want a "glossy" finish but I do want it to look nice. What should I use? Is a satin polyurethane tough enough? Should I use a sealer of some kind first? Before or after the stain?
I'll take a few photos as I go here. I got my panels glued up ok with some help here and they turned out nice. Now I just need to get it all put together and finished.
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