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+1 with George. Please do not stain the walnut, it is already dark and deserves to have the grain natural.

I am not fond of turning pine. Tears too easily, too soft - gets a ding just by looking at it.

One manufacturer of turned wood is Osborne, just be prepared for sticker shock.

http://www.osbornewood.com/6-8-wide-island-legs.cfm

If you find a local person willing to turn these, you may save some money by laminating the blanks from ripping pieces from boards and gluing together. Since you are going to paint these, the paint will cover the glue lines.

I would select a tight grained wood for the legs, such as beech.

If there is a local woodturning club, this is a good place to start looking for someone willing to take on a commission.
 

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Should I use a paste wax or something else? I don't want a really glossy finish.
Paste wax will not last long on a table. I would go for a film finish like poly. Available in satin so will not be glossy.

For water based I like the General Finish Enduro-Var.

No fumes, brush on easily, feathers well. Need several coats and have to let the final coat cure before use and before any heavy sanding.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2081078/30239/general-finishes-endurovar-top-coat-satin-quart.aspx
 
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