Well, the sanding is done and the varnishing is underway! It is always a really satisfying process to start with the dull sanded finish and instantly see the final result. I have two coats on and will apply a third later in the week. Overall, I am happy so far. It isn't perfect, but I'm getting better. I only wish it wasn't at the very end when I am more impatient to get it back on the water.