The veneer on the Garrard is 1.8mm (three times thicker than most) Cocobolo. When the sheet came in to Russ Collinson, he told me had never seen such a nice sheet of Cocobolo and he suggested a thicker than normal application which would by necessity involve going old-school with clamps and glue rather than the more common vacuum bag process. I recently inquired about a new plinth for my Thorens and Russ mentioned he still had enough of that same sheet to do a second plinth. This one will have the same overall dimensions but will have a floating top on sorbothane balls to accommodate the principles that Thorens' designers had in mind when the drive system was manufactured.
Wow! What a beautiful room and wonderful equipment. I can imagine it sounds wonderful. Pity if you ditch the great looking rug. If you find the right ratio of rug vs floor, it should be easy to fold during serious listening sessions.