Getting close to wrapping this one up… I was sweating bullets that I would mount the lid cockeyed, or bungle the lid stay (which I did)....
Cedar bottom done
Hinges and stays… I like these lid stays from Rockler, but you have to pay very close attention to the installation geometry or the lid won’t close all the way. I goofed and have two unused screw holes to prove it
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!