To keep the clutter off the top.
As a DC at TechShop San Jose I used what I had at my disposal:
Epilog Laser cutter/engraver
table saw / bandsaw
Step 1: Create Files / Laser Engrave Cut Lines
Using TechShop's Epilog lasers I did a quick vector etching of
where to cut.
(my material was too thick to cut on the lasers themselves, in case you
were wondering. thus why this is a semi-CNC project hahah)
Step 2: Manual Cutting
step into the woodshop to complete the cuts. Using a table saw
I trimmed the shelf out. And using the Bandsaw I cut out the corners
of the shelf and the two side pieces.