I favor oil-based wiping varnishes when ending cherry. They’re straightforward to use and produce a delightful richness because the patina deepens over time. I end all exterior cherry surfaces and either side of the highest with two to 3 coats of Waterlox unique sheen earlier than including a remaining topcoat of Waterlox satin sheen. For a conventional contact, I exploit a scrub aircraft to subtly scallop the surface faces of the again boards earlier than putting in them, leaving a tactile shock at any time when somebody runs their hand there. All inside surfaces, the again boards, and the underside of the dresser are sealed and completed with two skinny coats of clear shellac. (The inside is simple to complete with the rear dividers eliminated.) Drawer interiors and sides additionally get clear shellac, evenly sanded with 320-grit sandpaper, and buffed with paste wax.