I have an old bread board that I thought would make a nice writing table. I wanted a drawer in it, but I also wanted the drawer face to be the piece cut out for the hole. I'm sure many have figured this out before me, but it was a revelation for me.
Yes, this is all the same piece of wood.
Not wanting to make the legs I found some ready-made at Classic Designs by Matthew Burak. The aprons are from salvaged, old growth, vertical grain fir. For the old-timers this was just lumber so it has some nail and bug holes, and like them it has character.
It is also my first doweling experience and it works great. The blue tape was to remind me which faces NOT to drill.