I just finished a Teddy Bear Rocking Chair for my son (the rockler plans) made primarily from red oak. Everything went well on construction, I sanded it at 120, 150, and 220 because that is the sandpaper I had on hand. I was researching on how I should finish this, and several posts online/this site suggest not sanding past 180 grit.
In terms of how I finish it, I am flexible. I would like to finish it with some sort of protective coating that will withstand a beating (from my son) preferably without a glossy finish. So my questions to the group are (1) if I stain it, will I run into an uneven finish because of my sanding to 220? if so, what should I do? and (2) is there a protective finishing product such as polyurethane that is not very glossy?
Any suggestions and comments are greatly appreciated.
Thanks and have a nice day.