The jointery is called "Mortise and spline" and normally adds strength to the joint but using the other wood gives it a nice touch
I also screwed up the first frame I made because I did not ensure my table saw blade was parallel to the miter slots. Its a rookie mistake and it wont happen again. so you will see pictures of me planing the lumber. I started with Cherry and Maple.
So the finished product is Maple and Walnut finished with sprayed water based Polycrylic from Minwax.
Hope you enjoy looking.
Step 1: Plane and mill the lumber to 1/2" thick
The tray inside dimension is approximately 13"X10" I used approximately 7 .5 BF total.