I recently built the Clara table and the four dollar stack-able chairs for my two kids as a Christmas present. Like most plans on this site, they were easy to follow and the materials were easy to find. I own a Kreg pocket hole jig, so putting the pieces together was really easy. It took me about two hours a chair and around three to assemble the table. I used glue along with the pocket holes, so the joints are nice and strong.
I sanded and finished the table and chairs with a stain called "Early American" and I thought it turned out nicely. I also coated the table top with a polyurethane, to give it a nice, durable finish. Not only did it add some shine to the top, but also made the #2 pine I used much more kid resistant!
Thanks again for the great plans, I look forward to building more.
Sand all parts with 60-80 grit. Fill all holes with wood filler. Resand with 120 grit. Sand table top with 220 grit prior to stain. After two stain coats, coat table top with polyurethane. Resand with 220 after two to three hours. Coat with polyurethane and let dry overnight.