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I rarely use stain and I have never used poly in the nearly 50 years I've done woodworking. Nitrocellulose lacquer is my go-to finish but I also do French polish with Shellac. Seem to recall I used a marine varnish at least once on a Teak boat console years ago. When I do the photo v-carve and some other types of carvings that need an emphasis to make them 'pop' I use a glazing stain over sealer before shooting the top coat of lacquer.

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It really depends on the project and usage.

A well applied poly takes days to do but is rock hard and extremely durable. A lacquer finish takes almost no time in comparison and is pretty durable. Tung/Danish oil give a beautiful natural finish that needs to be reapplied every so often. Shellac finish is another beautiful natural finish that takes time and some finesse to get it right.

My preference is tung or Danish oil. It really brings out the wood grain and in my opinion a more softer look which I like.
 

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yur above my pay grade...
 
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That is good to know. I don't believe I have ever tried in all the years I've been doing woodworking. Or at least my old feeble mind no longer remembers.
After you stain,and wipe it off like you wanted it set overnight to let the stain dry, then apply the danish oil. I usually apply a couple of more coats letting it set up between coats. I use either a brush or clothe for the danish, Be sure to dispose of the cloths while still wet.
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When it comes to Eagles, they are both amazing, but I do prefer the painted version. If I walked into an art store and saw those, I would buy one for sure.
 
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