My wife and I decided that I should make something for our first daughter. I had never done a wood project of my own before, so it was to be my first. I decided to make a hope chect for her…Man, what a job! The floating panels made it much more difficult, but I am happy with how it turned out. The chest of mostly figured rift sawn white oak, aeromatic cedar in the false bottom (she wanted a false bottom so we could put letters every birthday and pictures throughout the years), yellow cedar on the inside, paduk as an accent on the top as well as under the lid. The panels are actually made of some really compressed old fir…in person, the wood just jumps out at you, very unique. I met a guy who had a whole sling of it in his loft and bought 2 10ft 2×8 for 40 bucks. Veneered it, and still have tons left. Went with a nicer hinge on the inside. HOURs and Hours were spent sanding the faces…started with 100 then 150, then 180, then 220, then 400 grit til the wood felt like glass. A couple coats of sanding sealer, then some poly and it was done. I entered it in our local fair and won best in class and grand prize, and was pretty happy about it. anyways, someone told me to post it here. We just had a second little girl, so another project is in the works!