One of my students built this butcher block coffee table in class this year. He was a freshman! We built a router jig to level the top and bottom of the top . There is 726 pieces in the top and he spent all of first semester on just the top. The base is built from cherry and the middle shelf has two dutchmen in it. One is round the other is oval to match the grain in one of the adjacent pieces. The top is built from two species of cherry, walnut and maple. At the Industrial Arts Fair he received a blue ribbon and a rosette medal. The legs were attached to the aprons/stringers with the Festool Domino Joiner and the shelves were attached with pocket screws. This was modeled after one we saw in the May/June 2009 issue of Fine Woodworking.