After cutting all the half-blinds, glued up and assembled the box sides. I cut a dado around all 4 sides for the solid wood bottom leaving a little room for potential wood expansion. I lined the bottom of the Walnut piece with red self-adhesive felt and lined the practice pine piece with dark blue felt. I’ve clamped up the stock I am cutting the lid from and will start shaping it on Saturday.
-- Jeff, South Carolina