This table is made of solid cherry in the Shaker tradition. The legs are tapered on the two inside surfaces to create a more delicate or graceful look, and the drawer fronts and table apron are cut from one board to provide grain and figure matching.
The legs show some very beautiful quarter-sawn ray flecking. The front apron and drawer fronts show some random pitch pockets sometimes found in cherry boards. Depending upon one's personal tastes, pitch pockets either add tremendous character to cherry furniture or represent flaws in the boards.
The finish is a thin coat of linseed oil to highlight the grain and figure in the wood, a thin coat of dewaxed shellac to further emphasize the grain and figure, and two or three coats of water based acrylic. There are several light spots in the finish (dings) resulting from being transported to a number of sidewalk art shows.
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