Front Baffle is doing a little better but this wood from Lowes is (once again) garbage. I used the sanding sealer and while I feel like it helped a little with the wood pulling in the poly, there are still spots that still took it and created some craters. Regardless, here are the sides that I was testing on, and got to pretty nice finish, then the front baffle drying after 2 coats of poly. One more before bedtime and tomorrow I will hopefully be able to take the 800 grit to it and get a smooth surface to continue on with. If not, I will get it the best I can and hit another coat or two of poly and go from there.
I know, hard to really grasp what is going on there, but a reflection nonetheless