I made this box myself back when I was making furniture for a living. It started life in 2000 and is made from plywood (Drawer side) scraps and veneered in brown oak and boxwood stringing. The cross inlaid on the top is Burr Maple.
It sat partially completed on a shelf in my shed and didn't get finished until 2003 when I decided/discovered I needed a box to hold tools and glues to repair my sons toys and do small craft projects. let me tell you once your children discover your toy repairing skills the work piles up very quickly.
As you can see on opening there is a small work area hinged so it can lift to get at the items/tools beneath.
I lined the inside with an old replica newspaper I had from the 60's with the lead story about the assassination of JFK.
Glued to the inside of the top is a metal plate from my first Landrover, a SWB Series 1 ~ 1957, it is a set of instructions for the gearboxes and has the serial number of the old girl stamped on it.
As it opens it reveals the compartments beneath and again on the lid a ticket from many years ago of a concert I went to with an old friend and a piece of bone I shaped and painted for reasons lost to me now.
There is a small removable tray which hides more space beneath.
Some of the contents
Old coins, shilling pieces to be accurate, which then became the new 5p after decimalisation. Now we have a new 5p which is tiny. The trouble with new money designs is that the old coins that have been in circulation for years disappear, you no longer are carrying a small piece of social history in your pocket. Well we have no old coins in circulation in the UK and Europe have gone Euro so none their either, shame.
The match box itself is an old wooden one which I found in an old chest of drawers I restored as a cabinet maker. it was lying in the bottom underneath the bottom drawer. An old piece of Gloucester history, the Moorlands Match factory is still there with all the old signs but unfortunately the factory is long closed and now houses a variety of small businesses..