I have 3 quarts of spar exterior urethane so I can use them here.
I bought 3 small cans of the General Finish MilkPaint and tried them out on some scraps. I like the ease of applying it and the bright colors. The cans were a little on the expensive side so maybe an exterior house paint will work, if I can find a "suitable" color.
This is a picture (from WOOD magazine) of what I'm building. It's all cut, screwed and glued and just needs a finish:
Just yesterday, we used clamps after glue simply to take the bow out of the wood we were using, and it straightened everything out for us. Usually though, any time you lay up a project the clamps are...