This is looking to be a sharp mod. I like working with wood too and this will be the first mod I've followed that is made of real wood (as opposed to plywood). I'm going to look for your previous mods since I haven't run across them yet, though I've seen your name around the forums frequently. I have two ideas that you may be able to use in the future to cut down (1st)working time and (2nd) money output with the wood. First is a trick to getting rid of the excess wood to create the curved surface. Here http://www.woodworkingtips.com/etips/images/etip011116ws-1.gif is a link to a picture that shows the basic technique. It's usually used to create simple raised panels for cabinet doors. You could use about 3 different angle cuts per curve to get down to a point where you could finish up with the sander. You'll also have some scrap pieces of that beautiful but expensive wood instead of a lot of expensive and irritating sawdust. Second is a thought about color. I think Paduak is great also and if you're wiling to pay for it, it certainly will look great but have you ever tried dyes (not stains)? I also don't like stains because of their lack of character but a dye will change the color of a wood without taking any grain texture or feature (i.e. curly, bird's eye etc..) away. You might give it a try on a future project. I'll be looking forward to your progress on this mod.