I have some cut offs from past projects, 2 walnuts from the credenzas, a piece of salvaged pine from the work bench leg and a piece of thick maple
First, let’s dimension it to proper flatness and square to the sides,
and I found that the maple has some nice birdeyes on it. For some reasons I have a thing with birdeye and spalted grains. I figured for it to grow into such pattern it requires significant stress and pressure inside the tree. To me, it is a waste to use it for hidden platform, it is best reserved for boxes or panel fronts, so on I went and seek for another piece of normal growth pattern lumber.
Ideally if I have some softer wood which is thick enough I would have used it, however all I could find is another maple which has enough thickness, so off I go planing it flat and square again. I have to sharpen twice for this sugar maple in between.
A split tenon and mortise joinery
Well, spacecraft platform is not bad, continue to round the corners and route a dado for the chair to fit in
and more more shaping and refining to go…