My wife and i found that we almost always ended up with a hamper in our bedroom so i thought why not make it something to look at. (instead of clean up) its constructed mostly of chery wood the carved panels are sugar maple and there are african mahogany inlay and trim. i used two 40lb torsion hindges from rockler. i have never used these before and while they are bulky they work great, just like a laptop you can open to any angle and the top stays in place. no smashed fingers or slamming shut. a definate must for toy chests.