Should really "pop" once some lacquer is put on it.
Eric, I am embarassed in doing my compliments to you, it is like the last of the students saying compliments to the masters... rather innatural... However I do it!
this is my first question in this forum: I shearched shellac or french (finish) in the search menu and I found no documents. Which lacquer do you use? I tried some oils (though I cannot find deft danish oil, which was reccommended to me, here) but what I prefer is shellac. In my opinion there is nothing like shellac able to "enhance" the grain of the wood. Someone is using shellac? If I remember well (from his site) Mike....
PS I will post photos of my tools soon, I think the biggest difference I assume there will come out in my technique is that I am not using table saw but miter saw, no sled but jigs.