I'm planning to build a wood bench for a shower/steam room. I bought some 3/4" x1.5" Philippine Mahogany to make it with (nothing is cut yet). Cost was $66 vs. $240 for teak so I hope my choice doesn't haunt me later.
Anyway, When done I want to have a natural looking finish so any kind of Polyurethane is not what I want. I want to use a stain to even out the colors and some kind of oil finish.
1. Does this plan sound reasonable (should I return the wood and buy teak)
2. What kind of final finish would wear best in such a wet situation. Tung oil, Linseed oil, Teak oil, wood preserving (water sealing) stain, natural with clear water sealer only, natural or natural with oil stain. Or some other that I didn't think of.
I plan to audition some scraps in the shower for a week or two and see how it stands up natural. If I can narrow my choices, I will do the same with some finished blocks.