This is the first dry fit:
I think I want to use a gel stain and possible a gel final finish mainly because wiping something "thick" onto these big pieces sounds easier than any kind of brush on/runny finish. I'm really limited on space and spraying is not an option.
I'm not looking to change the color too much, maybe darken it just a little and bring out some of the red. Any and all suggestions are welcome, including comments on stain-sealers if required and what to use as a final finish. The simpler the better, I'm a real novice when it comes to finishing.