This is the first time I've built anything new with walnut and I would like advice as to what you have found to be a good, relatively straightforward and durable finish.
The project at hand is a box @ 14"x 12"x4", all walnut, that could be used for a variety of purposes including storing teas, documents, jewlery etc. The finished wood is a pretty bland grey colour with a fair amount of grain and little sap wood showing. I am guessing that I need to add some colour to bring it to life, unify the tone and warm it up. For the top coat, I am a fan of shellac and rubbed varnish. Wouldn't mind trying lacquer but I don't have the facilities indoors to spray and its too cold outside now. wrt colour, I know that walnut has a tendency to fade in sunlight over time. I've used oil based stains and aniline water stains before. What products have you had good luck with, and what colours do you recommend?
Your good advice is appreciated