As luck would have it, an appropriate piece of lumber for the top and drawer front appeared in a dumpster for discarded furniture soon after starting the legs. This appears to be part of some sort of Ikea bed or sofa; where the rest of the piece went I cannot say. Under the orange-gold finish appears to be some solid beech.
I reckon there's enough material there for a top and a drawer front! And that leg looks like it could be used for the body of a small handplane...
The hardware installed on the piece meant that there were some unwanted holes on the backside that would have to be avoided. This piece of figured grain right in the middle of the piece would make an interesting drawer front, but would make chopping up the board challenging.
A bit of planing to reveal the wood beneath, and a few rough cuts later, this should work well.