One of the best parts of my job at the University of Oklahoma is working at the Gibbs College of Architecture Creating_Making lab. It has actually been one of my responsibilities to learn my way around their ShopSabre CNC machine, which doesn't hurt my feelings any.
Cutting and gluing up the blank was actually more complicated than it might have been. I didn't have quite enough material, so I had to do some improvising. Having a blank with differential thicknesses meant I had to actually model it in software as well, so the CNC program would act right.
But wow that walnut cuts beautifully.