wood suggestion for a kitchen box
I've got a notion to build what's called a 'kitchen box' or 'grub box' for car camping in my VW Westphalia camper. If you don't recognize those terms, it's a sort of portable cabinet to hold cookware and cooking utensils, dishes and cups and flatware, and so forth. You can carry it out and set it on a campsite table, then when you're finished cleaning up you close it up and lock it so the critters can't get in. Folding handles on the sides to carry it around.
Traditionally it would have been built out of pine, but the pine I can get around here is flat-sawn and I don't like the look of it. I'd rather have quarter-sawn wood, for appearance. I'd also like to use a light-weight wood, so that the box all by itself isn't too heavy. It'll be heavy enough with the cookware and so forth in it.
I'd use butternut if I could get it locally, but I can't. Yellow cedar's too yellow, fir is too pink - I'll finish it natural, with no staining on account of the problems matching stain for repairs.