This was requested by a friend who is currently deployed. I did the top with my carvewright. I know many think it’s a skill free way of carving and I agree to an extent, but I’m busy and it was needed in a hurry. I also know I have no skill as a carver. I respect anyone who can sit down with basic tools and produce a work of art, but I will never be in the category of the people I admire on this site and others. That said, the carvewright machine has a steep learning curve and I trashed the first top tops I tried, but I seem to be getting better with it. I highly recommend it, but it is a needy machine for maintenance and it is the loudest tool in the shop. And when I say loud, I work in a shop with all industial size tools, having this high pitched whine for 7 hours while it carves is straining on the nerves.
The top is book matched Black walnut, the sides are Maple. I tried a different joint on the corners (rather than Miters) which I really liked. These corner joints were much easier to square. I pegged the sides with small and large dowels, I made a quick drill jig to keep the pattern even. The inside is of course sealed and lined in Spanish cedar.