I started out building this table as a birthday present for my wife. I ALMOST had it made in time for her birthday too until I had the idea to create a herringbone pattern on the table top. This is the love of my life were building this for, after all, and I wanted her to LOVE it. I used my biscuit jointer to create the pattern on the table top. This is a combination of pine and maple. Maple in the corners and pine as the slats. The rest of the table, with the exception of the drawer rails are all oak. I really like the way it turned out, and more importantly, so does my wife!
Herringbone pattern on the table top
Frame - oak
Table top - combination of oak, maple, and pine
Verathane cognac topped with 2 coats of minwax satin