Hi John nice bit of wood, think you are right about the bump if you had left it out the grain would have shown up more so. But still great work, hey remind me never to give you wood, if it takes a year to get something back, i recon you left the bump in so you did not have to get rid of so much nice wood...LB
Mitch It is a lacquer finish that's been buffed by the Beal system. I only put a few coats on because I know my friend likes natural looking wood. I would usually use an oil finish or a very high gloss finish on a piece of wood like this. I've been using minwax wipe on poly or lacquer for almost everything for the last year. The wipe on poly doesn't build as quick but it's almost foolproof to apply. I fight with Lacquer but it's a durable finish that's repairable so I keep trying and learn more all the time.
LB sometime you just gotta wait for a good piece of wood. If this had been a thicker piece I would have turned a green bowl out of it and handed it back to him. Since it was a large flat piece I knew the only way to save it was to wait until it was dry.