I don't disagree, at least not entirely.
Given the choice for practicality, most people would choose precision over.... "charm". Repeatability of intricate designs with precision on a scale humans can't do is the real appeal of cnc. I don't care how great of a craftsman someone is, they simply can not match a CNC. To some that is sterile. I say it depends on the piece.
I do get a bit annoyed when the elitist crowd comes out and preaches what "is" and "isn't" acceptable wood working. Usually those arguments end in some circular logic temper tantrum that no one benefits from.
Using maple, s4s 3.5" x .75" actual size, doing end grain block, so face grain will be glued. 3 feet x 2 feet island for the kitchen.
How much thickness do i actually need? I don't expect warping to be an issue with face grain glue ups. I'm thinking about 1" thick should be plenty. Any thoughts?
That's really nice. If I can ever achieve perfect 45s, I think I'll borrow steal your design for setting that ebony piece into the sides with it sticking up high enough to be the base. That's clever stuff.