Reading James Krenov as a beginning woodworker I was impressed by his conviction that a wood surface that has been cleanly cut by a blade reflects light in a completely different way than one that has been sanded no matter how finely. Here are two tables that I completed recently. No sandpaper was harmed in the making of these tables. The wood is some highly figured Walnut.
This is a desk for my wife, Nancy. She wanted the simplest table possible and selected these hairpin legs to complement the top that I made.