Wood finishing question

Blimey, this forum seems to have turned into the MadCatz fightstick forum since I last poked my head in here.

Anyway, I’m going to give my stick a bit of an overhaul and wanted to apply some sort of coating to the currently un finished oak to stop it being so porous and picking up sweat ‘stains’ where my hands rest, all while keeping the wood looking as natural as possible and not glossy.

Any suggestions?

You could always try a deck sealer. They are usually clear and would rid you of any porous, sweat stain problems.
The nice thing is you can also find it at any hardware store or store with a hardware section.