The original surface was stained with Red Mahogany since for some reason I thought that would match the base pretty well. And it did a pretty good job on the original table but only because I wasn't mixing the stain well enough before applying it. This time the stain came out with a bit more of Mahogany's purpleness so it's not as good a match for the base. I'd liked to use some glue as a resist around the centerpiece but it was too late by the time the idea occurred to me.
I'd originally used Tung Oil to varnish the original surface which definitely influenced the color. That wasn't really an option with all the projects I was juggling this time around so I tried out Polyurethane for the first time (on wood anyway). On the up side I was able to ladle it in pretty thick to fill in the burned designs (they shouldn't collect nearly as much dust now). On the down side applying the polyurethane with a cloth left lots of streaks that I'm not particularly pleased with.
Otherwise the table's turned out pretty well. The dimensions are a bit different than the original table but it fits much nicer in our new kitchen.