Table #1 Well, not so much a tale as just the ending. This was done for a customer and it really challenged me as there were lots of things I had not done before.Hand chisel work, fitting angles, and spraying lacquer are counted among my new skills. Much thanks to Dave Hawksford and Ambassador Larry for their guidance on the finishing steps. The wood is jotoba (Brazillion cherry). Finish is 2 coats of dewaxed shellac followed by Magna Max satin. 3 coats on the base, 4 on the top. The top was wet sanded from 600 through 2000, then I cut the sheen back just a bit with an ultra-fine Miralon pad. Then three coats of paste wax. Personally, I prefer a little less finish on the wood, but the customer will be using this in their eat-in kitchen and she has 3 boys. I'm guessing this will see a lot of use and many homework projects. So, a tougher, smoother finish was in order. Table two, also of jotoba, will post next week.