I finished the cedar chest quit a while ago, however, I did not post the completed project because Amy is going to get surprised Christmas morning!
I decided on a satin urethane finish. I just could not bring myself to put a glossy coat of shellac on the walnut veneer. It just did not seem like the right thing to do.
If you click on the picture, it will expand to full size and you can see in more detail the “before” and “after.”