This was made from some scrap cherry boards, the boards this guy gave me from his shop were around 1 1/8” thick rough milled which I tried to salvage any good stuff from it, the most I could get was around 2 1/2” wide pieces, these boards had the rough surfaces on all sides,
so after edge jointing and sawing and planing them the nice wood came through, enough for me to be able to put them to use, the maple pices were made form a 1/4 of a small log, this same guy had left in his shop, which he had no use for it either, so I asked him for it, I took the bark off, then hand planed enough of the straight edge, to be able to get a flat enough surface, to be able to lay it flat on mybandsaw, then I resawed the pieces in half then into 1” thick pieces around 3” wide by around 24” long, once I got enough pieces cut then I sent them through my thickness planer to get them to around 3/4” thick, than edge jointed them, and doweled and glued them together to form one solid panel, which later I cut nto 2 seperate panels for the magazine shelf and the table top.
Since I did not have nough lenght or width to make the top extend out to the standoffs, I had to make a frame to set it on, however through numerous mistakes of careless planning out I resawed the frame pieces of cherry board to the wrong thickness, which meant I had to redesign the top, then lastly I put the frame togther upside down, which again I had to redesign the top with a frame around a frame, to hold the maple slab.
I used my bandsaw to scallop the edges of both maple panels, then routed the edges with a chamfer all around, to expose the maple grain.
The whole project was done on the fly, adding and fitting things as I went along to see what would emerge.
Here it is:
have fun in the shop.