This is the Rustic X Coffee Table without the rustic finish. I used cedar wood with Early American stain. This was my first furniture project and I am so happy I did it. We needed a coffee table badly and I couldn't fathom spending several hundred on a good one. This one saved money and I appreciate it so much more. Because I used cedar the cost of the project was about $100. I used pine on the 1X12s on the bottom shelf and once stained it looks just fine. I did not stain the under side of the table top so as to maintain the smell of cedar.
I started with Varathane Wood Conditioner, then applied one coat of stain, wiping with a cloth after application. To finish I applied two coats of Minwax polyurethane.