A few years ago my mother-in-law purchased some furniture from an Amish craftsman. He gauranteed that the finish would never be damaged by water or heat; he even did a demonstration using a flame and sure enough no damage. The piece is a dining room table and impressed that the finish has indeed never been damaged from hot dishes or moisture from glasses.

I'm going to be building some end tables and I'm curious if anyone could recommend a finish. I'm looking for something that is heat proof, moisture proof, and allows candle wax to be cleaned on the chance that one melts.

Thanks for any insights you can provide.