Hi Michael, good to see you over here as well.
Since the rest of my HT is black, my wife is reluctant to have a wood subwoofer. I don't think she appreciates how nice it will look having all the plys showing. She saw Bent's Dual 15's with the wood finish and black front and liked that. What do you think this would look like. I can get a plate of 1/4" steel laser cut. If I finish it gloss black, flush mount it on the front leaving 1/4" of the wood all the way around. Bring it right to the edge of the surround and attach it with rare earth magnets so the front is clean. Then I have a natural wood enclosure with a piano black face.