Thanks to all of you for the input. To answer the question of what
this project is...I am building some built-in cabinets for the arch
shaped entertainment nooks on either side of the fireplace in my family
room. Both of them have a base section of cabinets with 3 doors. The
right two doors open into a cabinet, and the left door opens to expose
4 drawers stacked vertically. The top section of one built-in will
house the TV and stereo equipment, so it has sliding pocket doors that
can be closed to conceal the equipement when it's not in use (wife's
request). The top section of the other built-in is simply shelves.
The whole project is constructed of red oak (both 4/4 solid and
plywood). Just to clarify - I said these are built-ins, but they are
actually being constructed as stand alone cabinets out in the garage.
They are SLIGHTLY smaller than the opening they will slide into, so
I'll just make some small oak trim (~1/4" to 3/8" wide) to cover the
small gap between the cabinets and wall.
By the end of this weekend I should be almost ready to begin the
finisihing process. After all I've put into these beauties, I'd hate
to ruin them by screwing up the finish. I have to admit that I
originally considered poly as an option because of its durability, but
these things are way too nice for that. I may never use poly again.