Wood is a beautiful material to work with, I love it!
Its versatility is amazing. It can be used for simple things or carved and built into an elaborate piece of furniture.
Carpentry is my preferred type of work, I enjoy it more than anything else. It allows me to be very creative. I have used my carpentry skills for simple things like shelving through to pitching roofs and even hand carving a spiral handrail in my own Georgian home.
These days lots of my work involves creating custom built-in furniture, this now tends to be made from man made sheet material, to keep costs down. This ranges from the humble MDF, which is now available faced with various veneered wood such as oak and walnut, to good quality birch faced ply. The ply also is available with a white melamine face, which looks really attractive when the grain on the side is oiled. It really can look beautiful.
MDF when finished professionally can look amazing. I have invested in a spraying system to achieve an amazing finish. What a difference this makes!
This could be an option for your project.