I am building some new QS white oak kitchen cabinet doors and am
hoping for some insight into finishes. The previous set of cabinet
doors were damaged over the years by an under cabinet mounted toaster
oven and coffee maker. So, one area was damaged by heat
(discoloration of the finish) , and another was damaged by
steam/humidity (finish broke down, peeled off, and the wood started
drying out and splitting). What finishes would you recommend that
might minimize discoloration by heat and penetration of steam into the
wood? Yes, one right answer would be to not mount the appliances
under the cabinets, but that isn't going to happen.
BTW, the damage occurred over about 15 years, so I am resigned to not
being able to absolutely _prevent_ this from happening again.