We've made a lot of product prototypes. I mean, a LOT! Some are nice, some are absolutely awesome, but they were all very informative. You learn from every new product, no doubt about it. Here's one that was a favorite, but it was way too hard to make back when we first prototyped it:
Now, though, it might be different. We've got a vacuum pump and bag to help with veneering. We've got our good friend Jobot to help get the pips in the right places (believe me, that was a real project when making this prototype!) and cut out the shapes. We've got the drum sander so we can do them in a sheet and then flip to separate. We know about the beeswax finish now, too, so that would be a nicer finish than this boiled linseed oil.
Oh, right, the details: each is 1" x 2" x 0.34". The bodies are maple, the tops are sapele (an African mahogany-like wood). This set is a double six set.