When you say table, I assume this is like a dinning or kitchen table?
if so, you want a fairly durable finish. Working as a hobbiest the
easiest way to get a great durable finish is to use a wiping poly. Just
get any oil based polyurathane (sp?) and mix it 50% (or more) with
mineral spirits. Wipe it on with a lint free padded rag (old tee
shirts). Super thin, super even coats. Depending on the absorbancy of
the wood you won't even see it build up until the 2nd or third coat. 24
hrs between coats. very lightly sand with 320 or 400 between coats.
Watch out for sanding through edges or grain ridges. You could skip
sanding the first coat or two.
Once you have enough build, rub it down with 0000 steel wool. This will
breal the sheen some. Then wax it it good furniture wax, this will
bring the sheen back some. Watch out for build up in goorves in
molding, beads, etc. This will shine even if you use a flat poly. I'd
suggest sation or semigloss. A purist would use gloss and knock down
the sheen with steel wool for the clearest finish without (white)
flatteners cloudingt the finish.
Finally (firstly actually) try the entore finish process on the same
type of wood, coloerd the same before starting on your project. The one
downside to poly is, it ain't comin off once you put it on.