What Coleman did was glue on some thin 1/16" pieces of wood that have a scroll saw patterns on them over another contrasting wood. It gives the wood a almost carved look or at least some texture to make the piece more interesting.
I started with a pattern out of a scroll saw pattern book. I altered it a little and with the pattern done I could size the sides to fit the pattern. I ended up with 4" wide sides by a little over 12" long. I didn't have any 8/4 cherry so I glued up some 4/4 stock that I had on hand for the legs.
The 1 1/2" sq. parts were cut using a pattern I made that had a fair curve starting 4" from the top. The legs were a little different than anything I've cut before because your taking material away from the top of the leg as apposed to the bottom on most legs that taper to a smaller size at the bottom.
|Pattern on leg stock|
|View showing material to be removed|
I re-sawed some cherry into pieces a little over 1/16' thick to use for the outer pattern. I used graphite paper to transfer the pattern onto one of the pieces and then stacked and taped them together for cutting. After the parts were cut using a scroll saw I used a knife to ease the edges and then finished up with a small needle file.
I glued the mahogany veneer to one side of the sides then added the scrolled cherry pieces onto them with some very careful gluing.
Now it is just a matter of making a top, gluing the base togeather, and adding a finish.