This tea table was based on my prototype table, and was made as a gift. The design is practically identical.
This is solid cherry with a bit of boiled linseed oil applied to bring out the grain before finishing with sprayed waterborne acrylic lacquer. A barrier coat of shellac between the oil and the water-based acrylic lacquer makes sure the finish sticks properly.
The recipient was pretty happy with it, and it’s ageing really nicely. Cherry is a truly remarkable wood – it was very easy to shape, comes to life beautifully when you put that first coat of oil on it and I found it really easy to sand and finish. After delivering this one, I received some not-so-subtle hints that another copy would also be well received.