Hello, I am new to this forum and new to woodworking. I recently finished building a fireplace surround for a gas insert and it's made of all oak ply and solid oak trim. I plan to stain it with a light cherry stain, but wonder what's the best way to finish it off. I have used satin poly on all other projects but am just never really satisified with the final product. It's always very rough and gives it a look that kinda bothers me. Maybe I'm applying it wrong.... It's a fireplace and won't take too much abuse so I'm wondering how some of you would finish it. Any input is appreciated.