Just plain gorgeous.
Bret, I can't believe you received criticism on exposing joinery! In my opinion I will expose as much joinery as possible! Mainly because it's art, and it adds so much to the piece! Not to mention at the age of 18, all my friends when I show them, for instance my stool I'm building they just say "ohh that's cool." haha It's like they have this mindset that you can just pop a few dovetailed mortises in 1.5" thick oak as if it were play-doh! hahaDWalls11,
Ha, that's funny you should mention the dovetails on the carcase. I actually received some strong criticism for doing that. One person said it was like I was showing off. Like you, I enjoy seeing some exposed joinery and I think most people do. Why not give people what they want?
I'm anxious to see your project develop.