Well, it's been two days, not one, but as promised, here are some photos of the continuing progress on the dining table.
First, a couple of shots after staining but before the finish coats (in this case, polyurethane):
(the sun came out from behind clouds between the first and second shot)
Then two photos taken after I had applied a coat of poly to the top and base. The sun was totally out at this point:
I'll put at least one more coat of poly on the top, which will make it really shiny. Just my personal preference here, but I don't understand painting wood. It's so beautiful as it is.