Making a beautiful product photo backdrop

I have been photographing my products on a beautiful hall tree my husband made for our tenth wedding anniversary. It's sit nobly in our front foyer and houses bags,  backpacks and hats most of the time.

I have secretly wanted to keep it up in my studio so I could have the joy of it's
beauty (and storage) all to myself. But that felt a bit too selfish. 

I finally confessed this inner desire to my husband and he offered to make me something similar just for my studio.

We went right out to purchase the supplies but after a few weeks it became clear that my project was on the back burner.

Enter my father-in-law from stage left (okay, Massachusetts). A former construction engineer, retirement is not his ideal status, he is always looking for that next big project (have you seen my FIL constructed workroom table?).

He went straight to work and made such a beautiful piece of furniture for me. His creation is not just a backdrop but it has a shelf for setting my pillows on. He always goes the extra mile! 

I think he should start his own little business. Don't you agree?

Two coats of cherry stain and an overnight of drying made the color very rich. I was hoping it's wasn't too dark as I move it into place.

I think with my lighting set up properly this set up is going to be just what I need. This test photo - taken and edited with my iPhone 5 - is proof enough for me.

Do you see my shadow? Time to break out the professional gear!