For these I used a certain kind of wax. I have used lacquer as well, but I decided that the wax is easy to reapply down the road with less likelihood of build-up. Gloss lacquer certainly does yield a brilliant luster. Like all things, it seems that one guys uses wax, another lacquer, and still another uses just oil (and debates with others about what oil is best).
Thanks again. More in the works now, and will keep at it.