Since I have several requests to keep posting progress, I thought I'd give you a look at tonite's effort... building the center drawer.
A drawer is basically another kind of box. I made up a composite shot that shows a few different steps. In a nutshelll, once you rip the sides, you then cut the slot by sampling your required depth/thickness. I used my router to put a rounded crown on the top edges of the drawer sides, back, and front. You always cut the drawer bottom a little undersize so it can wiggle around for alignment and also for humidity. Then you square it up and clamp one end while you glue and nail the other end. Once glued, you put the clamp on the glued side and glue/nail the opposite side. Then... you quickly get the pipe clamps on and check with a steel square to make sure you don't have a trapezoid.
The finished drawer is about 1½" shallower than the center well, and that will allow me to stain/finish a nice piece of wood for the drawer front, and align it perfectly with the width of the center well. The drawer box gets clear-coated birch, and it'll be a nice contrast to the darker cherry on the front. I'm thinking I might use a tubular stainless handle.
I'll keep posting this stuff and hope forum members don't mind. I just wanted to show that you don't have to be a professional cabinet maker to make something useful, functional, and hopefully... attractive. I'm having a blast with the project, but I hope people aren't going to gripe that this is an AVS Forum and not wood shop 101