First we had to get all the pieces stuck together. I used Mod Podge for this step. I poured it on in strips across the finished puzzle. Then I used an old card, similar to a credit card to spread it evenly over the puzzle. Any excess was scraped off. I put a second coat on after the first one was dry.
Next he went to the lumber yard and purchased lumber to make the frame. After he had it built he brought in stain samples to get my opinion on the best one to use. When he showed me the one you see in the finished product I told him THAT WAS THE ONE! I thought it was perfect