Well to be honest, if I was strictly adhering to all codes, I'd have gotten a permit, dug 43 inches instead of 20, used three grounding rods instead of one, got an inspection, etc. Oh and then ripped the knob and tube out of my house 3 years ago when I installed a ceiling fan in my office. I'm satisfied that is far safer than what was running out there before. Especially considering that the electrical line from the house to the garage ran just a few inches under a flower bed that we intend to rip out for a patio.
So, a little more done this morning, fitting and gluing the banding around the rim.
Clamped to death:
By the time I finish, Kev will probably have turned out an entire Maloof-inspired, 8 place dining set, with matching buffet.
I use mineral oil + wax for bare wood items, like cutting boards. In that case, the wood absorbs the oil. I would think that a non-drying oil mix over a top coat would tend to sit on the surface and feel greasy.