Just a mini update. Today I got off work early, so I did some sanding and dying of the top section pieces. The wood is maple and I am dying it a warm ebony black. I'm making it as dark as I can, but I didn't want it to have any leanings towards blueish-purple. The reason is I hope to inlay veneer panels on the front and sides with a Curly Etimoe veneer I have on hand that looks something like the photo below, and I wanted it to go well with the black.
Unfortunately, I have to sand, raise the grain, sand, then dye before I can glue up parts. This so that the glue wont' prevent dye absorption at the seams. Then I glue up, make cutouts, sand and dye some more. I'll eventually get there.