Resawed and drum sanded Birch burl glued to a Poplar core for the sides. Cracks on both the sides and panel filled with a slurry of Danish oil and Walnut sawdust wet sanded into the cracks on the all the birch burl parts. two applications of the slurry, with a few weeks or so drying period between applications. Then the cracks were sealed with regular poly and sanded flush. Prior to the wet sanding I forced small amount of epoxy in to the cracks of the panel with a pin but not enough to fill it up the cracks and to leave room for the slurry.
The legs were joined to the body using a Dowelmax jig and on each corner the jig was lifted or lowered as required as to not drill into the dowels on the other corner.
The solid Birch Burl panel gave me some static as I was concerned about tear out and safety during routing of the panel but I received reassurance from this forum that if a several precaution were observed I could proceed (thanks guys). There was some blow out but it is hidden by the Walnut frame.
Four coats of wipe on poly, the least amount of coats I have applied to anything, probably due the wet sanding which produced a nice finish in itself.
I would have like to have made the panel a little wider and longer and the frame a little narrower but I was restricted by the given size of the wood for the panel. Not much you can do about that.