I appreciate all the good input. What a great place to get feedback and see what talented woodworkers are doing.
Anyway, here is what I ended up with. I like the idea of trimming the top with a darker wood and will try that next time.
There will be a next time as the wife has all ready placed an order for more like this.
I finished it in tung oil and it worked out pretty well.
-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""