We have an antique art nouveau unstained oak two-door dresser we bought at a
garage sale. It is complete but pretty beat up, and cracked in places, with
original shellac, worn off in spots. We have removed much of what remains of
the shellac, and I am now re-attaching and gluing various loose parts back
together, so that it is structurally solid and the cracks are rejoined.
This will be used in my adult son's bedroom as a light table next to the
bed, and will get light duty use.
I wish to have a practical, sturdy natural finish, preferably not using
stain given the spotty areas of fresh wood and sealed wood.
What would you suggest as a non yellowing finish coat, given I don't want to
darken the nice medium toned unstained oak?
I am guessing my choices are somewhere among the following: carnauba wax,
Polyurethane alkyd satin, Poly acrylic, varnish, shellac, etc.
Your advice is welcome!