My wife asked me to make a couple of shelves for her to display the candles she makes, so I thought this would be a good project to use for my first use of the PC 2210 dovetail jig, so I joined the sides to the top and bottom using the half-blind dovetails, and I inserted the shelves using dovetail dados/sliding dovetails.
The wood is from a silver maple tree that I cut out of our back yard. The color (ambrosia maybe?), figure, and spalting is pretty impressive, IMHO, and I chose to feature some of the character of the wood in this piece by keeping the live edge in some areas. Instead of using all maple, the shelves are poplar with maple faces on the front, and I happened to find some great ¼” plywood that actually has some spalting, and included this as the back panel by recessing it in a rabbet. The finish is 4 coats of orange shellac, buffed out with a scotchbrite pad.
For some reason, some of the pics make it look like the shelves are not parallel. I assure you this is an optical illusion. This project took me about 4 evenings, start to finish, to choose and prep the wood, cut the dovetails, and assemble with the shelves. I think it came out pretty well.