I really liked the natural wood that was trying to surface (notice the bald spot above), so I sanded the top until the bare wood was unleashed.
I decided to use a wipe-on poly instead of the typical polycrylic that I've been using because I didn't want to see brush strokes on the top. It was actually very easy to use and I really liked the result!
I forgot to take a picture of the final "staged" piece before we took it to the Sleepy Poet... I'm sorry! I guess I'll just leave you with something else to look at...
Happy Smurfin' I mean Junkin'!