I've been wanting to work on a dining set with a bench for some time. I finally came across one available for purchase, in my own town, a few weeks ago. The entire set is solid oak and wicked handsome. I sanded the bench and the table top, then stained them english chestnut and gunstock, then sealed them. I painted the table base and the chairs with my favorite black enamel. Such a pretty classic dining set that would fit with so many styles of decor. This one's available and listed on craigslist. so let me know if you're interested!