I wanted to build this from cherry, as it is a species that can stand on its own and simply look beautiful. This design relies on the wood being the showcase. I plane a lot of my own stock because it is economical to do so. It is, however, one of my least enjoyable shop tasks, so I am always looking for ways to improve the process. One thing I’ve found that helps speed things along is to assess the stock and bust the full boards down into smaller, slightly over-sized sections for each part. Then I joint them, plane them to 3/4″ and lay them out, mapping individual boards to project parts.