The next desk up is the one being made with the english walnut I purchased a couple of months ago. I had to cut off a 5" chunk of the large slab in order to get large enough stock for the front legs. I was able to get the legs into shape and picked out the pieces for the rest of the carcase. Still lots of work ahead.
This is from last week with Milos, making the stub tenons.
What's left of the large slab. (Still quite a lot, and no - I didn't pay $475 for it, only $65...)
The 2 front legs, what will become the sides, the front stile, the back legs and the back.
I was able to add the hinges to add the middle cubby. Unfortunately, the lid stays I purchased last week won't work for this, so I'll either have to purchase additional hardware, or just use a chain or something so that it doesn't open up too far. It would probably be best to buy a better type of lid stay -of course that will probably cost more than $0.45 per unit. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be so cheap.