For a beautiful, smooth finish that requires little maintenance I first brushed on two coats of polyurethane to build the finish. Then I smoothed the surface with extra-fine steel wool before spraying on three coats of satin polyurethane. I sprayed the base with five coats of gloss black enamel.
Here are some photos of the completed table. It is approximately 38″ x 15″ and 21″ tall. Click on any photo to view it full-size.