My first furniture project. Made the 4x4 Truss table and matching benches. I used cedar for the 4x4’s as they are the only kind of untreated 4x4’s available here other than knotty pine for $9 a foot. The rest is spruce as that’s what most dimensional lumber here is. The only changes I made were to the pocket holes. I didn’t feel 2 on 1 side would be a tight enough joint so for the table I put them where the plans called for them and then 2 more on the opposite side. I filled in the visible pocket holes with 1/2 dowels and sawed them off flush
For the tops I use Varathane Ultimate White Linen stain and Varathane Diamond Finish Soft Touch polyurethane in matte. I applied polyurethane with a brush. Very light sanding with 220 between coats to remove any dust particles that settled and with 400 after last coat. Final sanding was very very light. Just ran the rubber block sander over with the grain to remove any imperfections. This product really is aptly named. The matte finish is beautifully soft to touch.
I believe in the US the Varathane stains I used are branded Rust-Oleum.