This was a piece i made during the Fine Furniture course. It is made from cherry veneered plywood for the box and hand made crown molding from solid cherry. The glazed doors are also from solid cherry, with mortice and tennon joints. To achieve the look of an aged piece, i washed the wood with washing soda and water. After drying, i washed it again, this time with vinegar and water, to level out the PH level. After a light sanding, i coated it with gloss polyureathane. Then after allowing the finish to harden, i rubbed it down to lower the sheen. I started with 600 wet/dry and water, then white 3m pad, then pumice and oil, and finally with an automotive rubbing compound. The surface is silky smooth and with the gloss, you get the clarity of the "clear" finish. If i had used satin polyureathane, it tends to muddle some of the grain, because there is baby powder added to the finish to minimize the light bouncing back.