the punchlist grows tiresome
On the advice of my brother I mixed up some epoxy and diluted it with acetone to coat the dagger board, making it slightly more impervious to swelling. I coated the entire piece with the epoxy and then wiped it down with a rag saturated with denatured alcohol, leaving the wood with a (penetrating) epoxy coating that will help keep out the moisture when it develops dings. To not do so would be to court swelling that would make it difficult to use the board in the case.
I'll sand and varnish as with other bright finishes on the boat.
I used my remaining modest aliquot of Brightsides (Hatteras White) today, and it isn't enough. I'll buy another $40 quart and sand the interior semi-seriously and see if I can get a good finish coat or three. I can feel the resistance of my patience flagging... I want to be done, I want to be in the water. I need to suck it up and get a good interior finish in place. I'm guessing three coats.