So my fiancee, her brother, and her father built a tree house in their backyard many, many years ago. Her mother and father later got divorced. The tree house stood as a sort of reminder of her happy childhood days as she grew up. A few months back, her mother decided it was time to tear the old thing down--it wasn't safe, and the last thing she needs is some neighbourhood kid sneaking in and getting hurt/killed. The trouble is, my fiancee did not know this was happening, and she only learned about it the next time she went to visit her mother. She was upset that she wasn't there to watch.
Unbeknownst to her, I managed to salvage the trap door.
I'd like to do something with this. Specifically, I'd like to refinish it and have a phrase engraved in the corner. Something along the lines of "In childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking out. In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in." Or something else.
I've already got a quote on what it would cost me to get it framed, but I'd like to do the refinishing/engraving myself. What would I use on this wood? I don't want to stain it necessarily. I figure I'll wash it, sand it down a tiny bit, and put a coat of something
on there. Urethane? What would give it a clean, almost shiny look? If it made it a slightly different shade, that's fine too.