Brian, very nice build, looks great. How do you like the allure floor thus far? Think about using it after the last water issue caused me to rip out all of the laminate. Do you feel it is water tight like advertised?
I like it spur. The vinyl smell is dissipating, and it looks great. It's not water tight though. Remember that it is a floating floor, so water could get underneath. But for me, knowing that I at least wouldn't have to worry about ruining laminate or wood (or mold) was enough for me.
Again, had budget and time allowed, I would have opted for real raised panels. But I think this turned out pretty well. This was my first time using "bollection" moulding...took some time and Google effort to figure out how to get it to set properly into the recess. Basically you need a "sacrificial block" on the mitre saw that is the EXACT thickness of the recess. Once I had that in place, everything went just fine.
Today I picked up the wood for the top. Here I decided to use Mahogany, and I have Mahogany bar rail shipping from Hardwoods Inc. (Maryland). I am really pleased about the profile on the bar rail, it will be perfect for leaning on.