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Re: Sailboat Wooden Steering Wheels
From a cabinet makers point of view, that outer circular piece cost is the over riding factor.
BTW the best way to get longevity out of exterior bright-work is to completely seal it with epoxy; 3 coats, before applying a quality PHENOLIC varnish.
Because that will eliminate hydrodynamic expansion and contraction, which is detrimental to coating adhesion.