Here are some pictures of the table that I just finished for our kitchen. It is an Ash top, stained Cherry.
Running the boards through the planer.
After planing and joining, getting the boards aligned is aided by biscuit joints. biscuit joints are only used for ease of alignment, the true strength of the joints comes from the gluing.
gluing up the top and clamping
The top after drying, and ready for finishing.
Ash is an open grained wood, so here is a slurry made of the sanding dust and tung oil, it got 5 coats.
ready for stain after squaring up the top
let the staining begin
First of three coats of stain
Attaching the apron to the table top. Pocket joints for the apron.
Fine sanded the top with 440, then applied 5 coats of water based poly. Here is the finished product.