I've done lots with aspen...from simple picture frames to complete log beds.
The Bed is aspen and the framed photo is also aspen. I prefer to work with "dead standing" timber as is has a lot more color and variation...when aspen is harvested "green" the wood is kind of white and boring.
Menards carries the solid Aspen and it seems kinda soft compared to other wood..do you think KMS that you can make an accent table out of it w/out it splitting?
Its not so much a splitting thing as the general "softness" as an accent table the wear and tear will be greatly reduced....compared to a desk or dinning type table.
Aspen is soft enough that writing with a pen on a single sheet of paper would leave tracks or dents in the wood.
I would put aspen at the bottom comparing it to basswood and poplar.
The reason I have done a lot of work with it is because I can harvest it locally so my costs are just time in the shop milling it and converting it into projects.
Here is one of two small end tables I built using aspen for the "log" legs. The top is douglas fir...which is a bit harder.