Welcome to the forum N/A.
Stick, an end grain photo may be a mute point, now. It's glued up! It looks good now, so, I can't wait to see it with some finish.
I have to ask, N/A, what is the top going to be use on/for? The use may drive the end finish. At the very least, I would suggest that you fill the knot voids. Epoxy is good for this. The joints look good but the photo suggests that it may need a little more sanding to level it out. Glue mixed with saw dust, fill any voids and sand before the glue dries and it will blend in the joints.
You might want to check out some of the show and tell projects on the forum and see what the other members did for finish. There are several projects using Walnut and Maple as complimentary woods.
What type of finish are you looking for? Warm and natural, popping grain with a tough sealing finish, what? A little more info and the guys will jump in with suggestions. Some of the members are outstanding at finishing and will offer some suggestions.
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