The table is complete, and in use in the kitchen. It is probably a bit too tall, and if I make another one I'll go with the shorter balusters after all.
In general, I'm happy with it, and I look forward to making more functional objects. Or finishing other functional object projects I've already started...
The shellac melts slightly under warm items, so coffee mugs, bowls of soup, and the like stick to the tabletop. Room-temperature items such as the cutting board and the knife block and such do not stick