This table is adapted from the triple pedestal farmhouse table, so that it would fit in my dining room. I don't care as much for the curved accents in the origional plans, so I left them straight.
Lesson learned when choosing lumber: kiln dried studs when buying 2x4's is slightly more expensive, but worth the extra cost. The cheap stuff is wet and difficult to work with, and can sometimes shrink after it dries over the course of a month.
I applied the pre-stain with a cloth and gave it 30 minutes to soak in before applying the stain. The stain went on smoothly with a cloth and dried for a day before applying two coats of satin polyurethane with a fine bristle brush.