There is a lot of confusing information in these posts,mostly advertising buzz words, 1, you do not need a gel stain,gel stains were invented to be used on wood prone to splotching(cherry,maple,birch,pine et.al.) very little of the pigment gets on the wood. 2 danish oil is an oil varnish solvent mix that offers very little protection from abrasion,heat,chemicals or any thing else. Bruce Johnson is a finishing expert because he and minwax say he is. Any good varnish will offer excellent protection and look clearer than that plastic looking,yellowing finish.