Spoiler alert: Its done!
Got the piece all clamped up and brought it in during a chilly stretch of weather
Bottom of the piece after a nice soak in med walnut Danish oil and a few coats of wipe on poly
Teensy bit of a gap, but it closes up depending on temp/humidity. The oak looks kind of trashy in this pic compared to the pretty walnut :)
Another shot of the bottom, but a different direction. Notice rays appear much darker..
From the top
All finished, but the lens on my phone looks foggy.
See http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48963 for the project post.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY