I’ve found making comic art boxes to be quite relaxing lately, but I’ve become a little obsessed. I’ve actually made a dozen or so, but end up giving them away. People like them, but producing one box is rather expensive, so not sure how long this additional hobby is going to last or where I’m going to put them all.
I tried varnish, but actually have had some reasonable results with “Mod Podge”. The secret seems to be pre-treating the surface and lots of light sanding between coats followed by quick application on the wooden surface. I do all the surfaces so the boxes can be displayed from any direction.