I hand selected the lumber for this project from a local saw mill.I wanted a natural top and some legs that matched other rope trim work in the home. The planks for the top are hand selected 5/4 Cherry grown and harvested from Indiana. I used a Tung Oil finish that has no solvents or carcinogens in and is 100 percent safe for incidental food contact. A couple weeks later the finished piece was breathtaking. I used a biscuit/domino joiner for the table top and it worked amazing. It is amazing how robust the finished project is! Wow is it heavy and sturdy. The table will be around for centuries!!