I recently purchased a Beech butchers block from homedepot to use as my standing desk surface. I am trying to understand how to finish it. I've read through a some articles and watched a couple of videos, but I am still a bit confused with how it all works.
Before looking into finishes, I figured I would first stain it (would like to do a cherry color) and then use something like lacquer (a top clear coat) to protect it from liquid spills, hot surfaces, etc. I will not be using it as a cutting board, so food safe isn't a necessity, but is still preferred. I'd rather not just dump toxic chemicals into something that I am going to be using everyday.
What I am confused about is do I stain it and then use a top clear based product, or do I just use an oil based product. I am a bit confused about what the combination is if I want to color it to my liking?