Information concerning glueing and finishing wood products
"Test your finish on scrap, otherwise you might have to scrap your finish"
There's so much that can go wrong when applying finish, especially with little experience. Take a piece of the wood you used for the project and apply the finish to see if anything unexpected happens.
Also see Flexner's ironclad rules for finishing.
Some recommended brands include:
Understanding Wood Finishing, Bob Flexner
Classic Finishing Techniques, Sam Allen (German cover shown)
Shellac, Linseed Oil, & Paint, Stephen A. Shepherd