I loved the original design but wanted to learn new skills and use hardwood.
I used a combination of pocket holes, biscuits to align the plates and the frames, and figure 8 fasteners to attach the top.
At a VERY low pace (~1-2 hours every day), and many mistakes, it took me about two months to complete this project. If I had to do it again, it would probably take me two-three weeks at the same pace.
Overall, I learned a lot and am very pleased with the final results.
Shelves- 3 layers of oil based wipe-on Minwax poly
Top- 3 layers of oil based wipe-on Minwax poly, then 3 layers of oil based brushed (fast drying) Minwax poly