So the update is that my wife doesn't want to stain it anymore, she wants a natural looking finish as well. I was planning on using general finishes arm-r-seal (pic attached). I've used this many times in the past and I'm very confident with it. As u can see from the wood, there is still some remaining patina in some of the cracks after I sanded. I'm worried that if I wipe on this finish, it will spread the patina throughout the table. Can u spray this finish? Or would you recommend I spray a coat of dewaxed shellac on it first to seal it and then follow up with some coats of arm-r-seal??? Thanks for advice. I will be sure to post pics when this table is complete!