I finished sanding and then put on the first coat of Bioshield Walnut oil stain and finish. It has enough colour, but I think I will do one or two more coats. After the next I will assess it. I do not have to put a clear coat on, since the product is a finish as well as a colour, but to make things more durable a coat of very hard clear finish will likely add life to the group. If I do not clear coat it, the items can be recoated with the walnut colour oil stain as required. So, I will have to see how it looks when I think I am done and decide if the clear coat is the best choice then.
There are two leaves with the table that are solid oak. It makes me wonder if some one at some time decided to put the veneer on an oak table, but that would seem redundant so who can say. I got a jig saw by chance from a sort of garage sale for a whole $5. It was sitting there and I asked the lady how much. She never used it, did not know how and said $10. I offered her the $5 and she agreed, so now I have a jig saw to cut the plywood for the seats. Yay!
I already love this table and chairs. For the next 4 years while I am here, it will serve me well and I will honour it and enjoy it and the history I think it has. Old things are so much more interesting than new, don't you agree?