I built this for my wife, didn’t really know what I was doing but worked through all the little problems and I think it came out looking really nice. The wood is steamed walnut and new york red leaf soft maple. I did all the mill work myself including the raised panels which I did on a router table that I built myself. The smooth and flat top is the product of my first experience with a hand plane and I have to say I was very surprised at how easy and forgiving the tool was. I am fond of the red leaf soft maple piece in the top. Red leaf is a beautiful wood and easy to work too. I did not work from plans as I wanted to design this myself. I welcome any comments you have.