Well, I'm happy to say the project is still getting a lot of interest among woodworkers. In a recent post over at the Lumber Jocks' woodworking forum, member knothead posted photos of the Shaker Hall Table he recently completed. He built it primarily of cherry, with poplar as the secondary wood. I'd like to see it in person, especially to check out his finish:
[It's] finished with 2 coats of General Seal-a-Cell Clear, burnished with 4 OT steel wool between coats, then there are 6 coats of Arm-r-Seal gloss and finally 2 coats of Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss. It rubbed out beautifully! Instructions found on David Marks Web Site.
Another photo and discussion at LumberJocks.com.
The Shaker Hall Table plans are available at PlansNOW.com.