I'm guessing that you are seeing wood because you are expecting to see wood... not that you are actually seeing wood. Because you know that the sets are made of wood, you associate wood with the designs. So it wasn't poor design, you decided to ruin the magic for yourself.
Please don't presume to know my thought processes.
Given the smoothness of the surface, its polish, and the look of the reflections, the helm and navigation console
, for example, looks like wood painted black
to me. Unpainted molded colored plastic is often not as smooth and hardly reflects at all. Unpainted metal surfaces might be that smooth, but they produce sharper reflections. Sure, I don't know
what it is made of based on appearances alone, but there are plenty of things in my everyday experience that this does
look exactly like, and those things are all wood painted black
And before you say, but it could be painted plastic or painted metal, I have to ask why would it be painted at all? Paint will chip, and a starship should not allow even the possibility of chipped paint on the surface of its consoles. If color is a feature then it should be the alloy or plastic itself that has the color, and that's my expectation.
And anyway, I wouldn't expect console surfaces to be pure metal. I imagine plastic would make a better insulator. Goodness knows how often the crew gets shocked. All this means that the consoles appear too smooth in the TOS sets.
There are many other examples worth discussing, but not in what feels like a highly adversarial climate. So, I'm going to follow Intrepid
's lead and agree to disagree. I've spent enough time on this issue for now.