Suggested finish

I'm currently making what is effectively a lectern. It's in maple - to suit the room it's going on.
My proposed finish is Danish Oil. Grateful for any confirmation that that's a good idea, or alternative suggestions.
Richard Oxford, UK
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Looks great. Close to zero protection from things or people that may damage or erode the finish, or the wood. And oil, without a topcoat, will tend to darken somewhat over the years.
On the other hand, for something like this, shellac and wax over the danish oil might be just the ticket. Shellac for the barrier coat, and some protection, and wax, to take the sheen down just a bit, and give it a nice feel. And this is a finish that should withstand the tendency of janitorial staff to 'squirt it with the wood stuff'. If not, it's easy enough to repair the shellac layers...
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Well, not necessarily a bad choice. "Danish Oil" is a pretty thin varnish, mostly. It will give some varnish protection after three or four coats on maple, which is not the most permeable wood out there. Might even be an extremely suitable finish, in that it can be scrubbed with wet/dry sandpaper and renewed pretty easily.
Shellac, on the other hand is known to be vulnerable to those spray liquids of high pH, and sometimes gets sticky if left in bright sun.
What's the rest of the furniture have?
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