Brazilian Cherry is a real hard wood and has a tendency to splinter if you are not careful. It does contrast with Hard Maple really well. I like to build the drawer fronts flush from the same board so the grain matches up and hides the drawer a little when closed. The soft maple drawer is constructed with dovetails If you notice just under the block on the right side is a cutting board made from the same wood as the block. It stores just under the block and over the drawer. It is a very handy addition. The finish is 3 coats of Waterlox satin on the frame and legs. The block has one coat of Waterlox satin on all sides, then sanded to dull the finish. Then a coat of mineral oil is applied. The single coat of Waterlox on all sides of the block is to slow water penetration. It will add years to the life of the block and keep it new looking for quite a while. If you don’t want to cut on the block, just finish it like the rest of the piece.