After glue has set, it's time to finish the wood. I already sanded my piece using a belt sander with 40, 80, then 120 grit. I bought Rustoleum wood stain and poly. Their products say that you only need one coat of stain and three coats of poly with no sanding in between coats. I was skeptical but gave it a try and I am very happy with my results.
Rustoleum Early American Wood Stain