I use Minwax Natural most of the time and recently went back to Minwax Golden Oak. My clear finish of preference is Deft Satin, sprayed from a rattle can for small jobs or shot from an HVLP sprayer. This gives me the look and feel that I prefer to poly. On it's own, Poly creates a "build" since it's a plastic and lays on in layers whereas a lacquer blends into the previous layer with only a light sanding of 220 or higher. Give the lacquer a few days to totally gas off after the last coat and it is smooth and shows almost no depth of the clear finish, only the enhanced appearance of the wood. I have used polys for wet areas like kitchens, bathrooms and wet areas but always return to lacquer for the majority of my woodwork. Just registered for some classes at my local community college, first choice was "Wood Finishing" but the class was full. It was my hope to learn more in an academic atmosphere but seems it'll have to wait for next semester.