David & Sondra,
Below are two renderings of my latest attempt at the wall unit. Note the top and bottom angled curved base and crown, which suggest the forms both on the tables and your dining room piece. I also toyed with a layup design, which admittedly owes more to Aubrey Beardsley than Emile Galle. I think that deep gloss polyester is the only logical choice for finish -- once we decide on the final form, I'll add the reflections and correct the wood tones in the rendering.