With my design work essentially complete, it's time to start rough cutting the Sapele for the solid wood parts.
I start with the lower stretchers. Using the pattern routing templates, I lay out the parts to align the grain on some 8/4 stock.
After rough cutting the overall shape on the bandsaw, I joint one face and one edge of the boards, then plane to clean up the other side. Then, it's back to the bandsaw to resaw the parts, followed by another trip to the planer for a final cleanup.
I lay out the shape, tracing the routing pattern onto the parts. For the slotted cut-outs, I drill out the ends slightly undersized and clear the majority of the waste with a saber saw.
Once the blanks are roughed out, I attach the routing templates with double sided tape and pattern route the final shape.
Most of the remaining parts are fairly standard to prepare- rough cut slightly oversized, joint one face and one edge, thickness plane, cut to final width on the table saw then clean up the cut edge on the jointer.
The drawer fronts and veneer for the doors are cut from the same piece of 8/4 Sapele. Because the parts are wider than my 8" jointer, I start by setting up the jointer to cut a wide, shallow rabbet. A single 1/16" deep pass is enough to provide a flat reference plane.
I place the reference face on a piece of MDF, then pass it through the planer to clean up the opposite side.
Once one side is cleaned up, if flip the parts over and plane off the remainder of the rabbet.
I head to the bandsaw and resaw the drawer fronts, then adjust and slice the veneer for the face of the doors. The drawer fronts are cleaned up at the planer while the veneer is brought to final size with the drum sander.
Next steps: layout and cut the loose tenon joinery and begin veneering panels.