Here it is...
6 coats of satin polycrylic finished off this project. I went with a water-based finish to prevent the poplar from yellowing, yet bring out the other colors. Sanded between each coat with 220 grit.
The wife and kids laughed at me when the blue clock face came in the mail, but I knew I'd prove them wrong in the end. Sadly, the photo doesn't show the full spectrum of color in the rainbow poplar. There are subtle blues, greens, and purples and the blue face really makes them pop. The rainbow also has...a sheen. I don't know how to describe it, really. It's almost like there's glitter embedded in the wood.
I decided not to cut the panel so the stripe ran parallel. I thought it looked fake and manufactured. This way is more visually interesting.
Last edited by AmishElectricCo; 08-11-2018 at 10:21 AM.