First time posting in the forum but I've been a Kreg user for a while. This winter's plan is to do a psuedo-workstation for 2 which will replace a current computer desk and then also have a book shelf on top. I plan to keep things fairly modular in case we ever sell the house and want to move as well as for ease in getting this into the den/office.
I have my plans made up for the base unit. Current plan is oak and oak plywood. My questions are about finishing. Water or oil based stain? Stain and sealer/finish in one? Spar vanish? Satin, matte or glossy? I'm leaning toward a red oak color. To me the brands don't really differentiate. I guess I've used Minwax the most in the past. But with Cabot and now Rustoleum having stains, I really only want to do this one time.
So I'm looking for tips and hints and a little guidance.