I took a class at Woodcraft on how to turn a baseball bat. Now don't laugh, I know that a baseball bat is a pretty easy turning project, but hey, it's hard when you don't know what your doing and afraid of how you might injure yourself. Anyway, I learned quite a bit about turning and I now have a baseball bat sans a finish.
I will be giving this bat to my son who will be displaying it on a wall in his office, so it won't be used to hit a baseball or anything like that. At first I thought I would just put a couple of coats of waterbased poly on it, but before I did that I thought I would as if maybe there was a better choice.