Detail shots show the riser structure: edgebanded plywood (gasp!) and solid stock. The self edge on the laminate tops is 1.5 inches so it will conceal the flat part of the bracket.
The top core is plywood—the client’s preference—with cherry self edge glued on first, mitered corners. The tops are net width of the frame and about an eighth longer so, when the stands are placed in a line, they’re sure to touch.
The gap of flotation is half an inch. I am not sure how that will look but there’s no turning back now.
When all this is completed—flat lay of the laminate and all—it’s finish sanding and then the Pro Fin wipe on.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"