This shows the medallion getting glued in place. I decided to do a loose fit between the medallion and lid on this one due to the fact that I just couldn keep the bloodwood from chipping out even with a new cutter and climb cutting. I have done this before, filling the gap with black epoxy for a shadow line effect. I am using spacers to even out the gap.
Before fitting the medallion I had ran a router around the inside of the box and cut a 3/8” x 3/8” rabbit for the lid to set down into.Then I carefully cut both ends of the lid until it fit into recess evenly and very snugly. Later shaping and sanding will ease the fit as needed.
Here is a close up of the rough fit.
To clarify, this is the lid to the body picture, not the medallion.
-- If I can do it, so can you.