All surfaces sanded to 180 grit, my makers mark branded on and then the first coat of Epithanes spar varnish. This is thinned to 50% using either mineral spirits (known as white spirit in the UK - this is not odourless in the UK) or Epithanes thinner. I used the latter as it is odourless and is the same price as white spirit.
Just another 6 coats to go! Gradually reducing the amount of thinners to get to full strength eventually.
Not bad amber tint for first coat
It will get deeper with more coats