This is the first furniture building project that my husband and I have completed. It took us about 5 weekends to complete it- including finishing.
We started with the benches as recommended in some of the comments and ended up buying a pocket hole jig and redoing the tops of the benches before completing the table.
The stain is Minwax Red Chestnut and there are three coats of Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane on it. We're so happy with it and can't wait to start the next project!
Minway Fast Drying Polyurethane in Semi Gloss