Vince, its been a hard road, with many scrap bags filled with kindling (lol). But now I have taught myself enough to be at least content with the boxes. I am very critical of my own work which is why up till now I have been the shy retiring type.
Brad, yes, the Maple is a perfect contrast to the Padauk, I really like it.
Phil, I cheat. I build the box with extra high sides, glue the lid on, and then slice it on the bandsaw into base and lid. By the time I have cleaned up the two cuts its the right height. please dont think bad of me (g)