I did think about running all the grooves by hand, then I heard my spindle and power feed giggling in the other room at this rather foolish notion.
Anyway if I decide on carved panels, I can flip these round and carve the backs. But I might just glue the whole thing up like this, and not bother with the carving. I think it looks good as it is, and I've added a small stopped chamfer around the panels, I might carve these into a lambs tongue.
Got the top glued up as well, it has some ray fleck in, and some very big knots. I would normally cut around these, but it gives the top some visual interest.
As you can see the knots are quite big, but will look good when polished, and I kept the boards to a good 11". I wanted the top to come from just two boards, instead of lots of strips, which looks quite modern.
Thats as far as I got today, thanks for looking.