Perfect! Then, that is what we shall do.

In Summary:

wood - I assume that plywood, smooth one side, is fine for this project

epoxy (West System)- 3 coats both sides

gesso - both sides, this way I know all the epoxy surfaces will be covered

painting - likely acrylic (Golden is her favorite)

marine varnish - both sides, repeat every 1-2 years (I will figure out what marine varnish is when I get there)

If you see any problems with above, please let me know. Without your help, Val and Kathy, I would have done this completely wrong.

With my sincere appreciation, thank you