I am building this out of cherry, mostly solid. The sides and top will be cherry ply. I plan on finishing with a wipe on poly since I have had amazing results with the stuff on some other small projects and really want to get more familiar with it. It's also a lot easier to apply than a brush-on finish.
Here you can see the pieces glued up and waiting for the next step.
I built spacers that would fit in the recesses of each level and put it 1/4" above the one below in order to lighten the appearance of the base a bit.
I think it looks lighter... Now I need to bullnose all of those.
But first let me mock up the front panel and place it there to get a perspective on the size and scale of the whole thing. I think the proportions seem correct/good to me.
Here is the glue-up of the front panel. Notice no clamps, only tape.
Bullnose complete! Looks good if I do say so myself.
And now with the newly glued-up front panel in place.
And from the side.