This is a pretty straightforward box on legs, aside from the beautifully carved doors, which was actually done by my colleague. He pencils straight lines across the surface and then loosely follows them with a full-round bit on a trim router, dipping in and raising as he goes. The result is an almost aquatic look, or as one friend put it, "a river in the woods."
in carving the texture we increased the surface area dramatically and exposed a good deal of end-grain
this would likely increase moisture absorption and evaporation in the carved area, the entire fronts of both doors
to counter uneven moisture intake and the resulting twisting or cupping, we carved the interior of each door as well. traditionally a door of this size would be frame-and-panel to prevent this kind of warping that takes place on even an uncarved surface, but in the name of beauty we did our best and sent it packing
book-matched drawer faces resawn from some 8/4 walnut we had left over from a past project
drawers lined with silver cloth