I just finished this box, I sort of took my time on making this box, it is made out of Mesquite and Texas Cedar Elm, both the woods are from my local area, the mesquite I cut down from my property and had it milled, the Cedar Elm is native to Texas and northern Louisiana only. I optioned for a live edge lid, the hinges and corner splines are cedar elm. It measures 11″ × 8″ × 7 1/2", finished with a single coat of tung oil, three coats of mine own mixture of wipe on Polly and a final wipe of paste wax.
One thing that I had just tried for the first time on this box was Kifer’s flat sander method using 100 grit large sanding disc wrapped around 3/4" MDF and it worked great.
Randy - If I'm not on the computer than I'm out making sawdust.