I made the shell of the box, as well as the top and bottom panels. Then - the top panel was sent off to be laser engraved with all the artwork.
The only way to make a box like this is to wrap the grain all the way around it, so that it matches on each corner.
This box will eventually have a coin ledge inside it, so I fabricated one, and tested the fit,
Here, I dry fit the box together, to make sure everything fits. If I'd spread glue and then assembled this, I would have been a world of hurt - this box didn't fit together at all! I ended up having to trim it down two times, in order to get the corners to close.
Here, the box is re-assembled - you can't even see the seam, can you?
Meanwhile - speaking of the Air Force - here's a picture of an old friend that I'm very proud of - thanks for your service, Hillary! The last time I saw you, you were still in high school - now you're married and deployed - you be safe, Hilly!