We bought these benches to go with our handmade wooden table for our cabin. Even though our table is maple and the chairs are mahogany, these benches go perfectly and are quite sturdy. We used sand and seal and varnish to finish them. The only objection is that if you buy more than one, it would have been better if the seat boards matched better, i.e., dark middle on both with light outside boards or light middle with darker outside boards. Finishing them brings out the grain beautifully.