Finally Im ready to finish the table top. I did a fair bit of research on the internet, hoping to try something other than a simple oil finish. I ended up with the following: 3 coats of boiled linseed oil, 3 coats of ruby toned shellac, and 5 coats of Waterlox original formula. There was just one problem – the waterlox couldnt react with the wood and cure properly. I ended up with a beautiful table that had a ridiculously soft finish that marked easily.