Here’s a kitchen table that I recently made for the house. The top is a few nice pieces of curly maple and the skirt has a few curls as well. The legs are all hard maple and each joint has a dowel and two pocket screws. I looked all around lj and other places to see what the best finish would be and settled on the most natural (in my mind) I could find. I sanded it with 80 grit and then applied a coat of amber shellac. I sanded at 150 and then applied another coat of the same shellac then did a light sand at 150 again to try and pop the grain. I ended with a couple coats of Arm-R-Seal and sanded at 220 between them. It looks pretty good, but unfortunately the pictures don’t do the curls justice. It should be a good little table and last a pretty long while.