Need help deciding on penetrating oil or satin for table top.
I recieved a dining table ,2 leaves and 6 windsor chairs from a friend cleaning out a foreclosure home. Gotta love FREE. Now im sanding off the badly applied glossy black paint the PO used. It has the look of butcher block but im fairly cretain that its some rubberwood type thing as its made in malaysia.( Do they make Maple products there?) Would it be easier and more durable to use a dark penetrating oil and wax to finish? or gel stain and poly? What finish would be be more resistant to water rings? I do have small children.