This is a desk I made for my wife- The basic plan was a woodsmith project that I modified for two reasons, one to make it my own and secondly my inability to follow a plan and cut everything right the first time :) The best feature is the cloud lifts around the legs – these really give the desk an elegance. The birds eye is veneered onto some Baltic birch ply and then tongue and grooved flush with the walnut on the top. The finish is Sam Malloofs wiping finish, about 5 coats then sanded with 1000 grit paper – finished with two coats of wax. – If I made another, I would redesign the way the legs mount to the carcass of the desk. The woodsmith design is not very robust. Then again, I may not have followed the plan correctly and it is my design that is not very robust.