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Bench from antique raw doug fir-HELP!!

I'm building a bench from raw antique salvaged douglas fir and am looking for advice on a few things. 1. I want to preserve the rustic cut of the wood, so sanding has to be a delicate process, and I want to find out what sort of sealant I should apply to not stain the wood at all. 2. Should I apply the sealant then begin sanding? 3. Is there a sealant out there that people are loving?
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thats pretty rough, id start with planing it. what kind of bench, inside-outside.
i personaly would oil it
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It's going to be an indoor bench, and the texture/saw marks are part of the reason I bought it. Brushing the loose fibers off then a light sanding but the finish is where I need some advice.
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Water based poly will change the color least, but will likely raise the grain which will need sanding again. Apply a sanding sealer first to get the grain up then sand lightly and apply water poly. Oil will darken it.
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if its going to be used a film coat is gonna ware off on the high ridges, i would use a danish oil and do the maintenence. the oil will highlight your grain the best and keep the natural look of the wood
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