This box was a commission from on of the clients at my regular gig. He asked for a box that he could leave on his desk that would hold his glasses, keys, mail, etc. Aside from general dimensions (around 14×11 x 5) and no hinges, I had free reign.
The carcass is walnut to match his desk and the curly maple is veneer left over from a previous project. It’s finished with several layers of shellac that has been rubbed out to knock the gloss back just a bit. I love the look of curly maple and shellac – up close that grain looks like it’s almost 1/2” deep.