This design came from an old Wood Magazine. They used plywood and edge banding, and I actually made one that way about a year ago. Although I like the old shelf, I thought it would be much nicer in solid walnut. Then my fiancee said she thought it would look really nice with some aluminum edge banding, so I have to give her props on that aspect of the project. I sanded the aluminum down to 1500 grit and had planned to polish it out, just never got around to it. The finish, like most of my projects, is BLO, tung, and poly. Hope you like.