Like Andy said, informative. Right now, the only thing I have been making is with plywood, mostly canes, but a few other things. The finish I use is Titebond II, thinned at least 50/50, usually more, with water. Goes on fast with a brush, dries very rapidly, and can put on multiple coats in little time. Hit the cane, or whatever with my ROS before the finish, no sanding after. Looks good, holds up well, and very easy to apply touchup coats. It does give the finish sort of an amber color, which I like - not tried a glue that would dry clear, but assume it will give about the same results, less color. The Titebond really makes the plies standout.
Understand, I am making something much simpler then you, with entirely different wood; so I don't need to take the steps you do. However, do have some projects in the thought mill, mostly a chest for the grand-daughter, and am really going to have to step up the finish, and the work quality; so thinned glue is not going to be on the agenda, nor is plywood, unless I use a piece for the bottom. I will likely copy some of your steps. Thanks.
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