I made a couple of plant stands for Mothers day using a gel stain on the frame. For the top and side panels I used hard maple and want to leave the maple as white as I can but still have some kind of water resistant finish. So I want to use a water based poly as the finish. Does anyone know if I will run into a problem using Minwax water based poly over General Finishes gel stain? Also will the water based poly raise the grain of the wood that has been stained? Any better ideas on the finish? Might this be a good project to learn about shellac?