I needed a side table in my office and decided to build this one. There are no mechanical fastners. The joints are mortise and tennon. The wood is Cherry and the acorn inlay is made of Becote for the top and Maple for the lower half. I have found that if I cut the inlay about a quarter of an inch thick and route it into the top, I can then plane the entire board (if it is glued in well) and because of the 1/4 in thickness strength, my inlays never tend to break when going into a tight fitting router inlay hole.