My daughter Laura asked for a box to put her son Eliot Robert's memorabilia in. He passed away last April 26th. I made the cross for his grave but really didn't have it in me to build this box until recently.
I thought about inlaying and other fancy stuff but I decided on a simple cherry and curly maple box with rosewood splines. She really loved it.
I went with a sturdy piano hinge only because I figured her 2 other kids would probably be opening and closing it often putting in drawings and other stuff they made for him.
Interesting note on the name Eliot. On my mothers side, we are descendents of John Eliot. John came over on the Mayflower in 1620 landed at Plymouth rock and preached Christianity to the Indians. Two of my daughters have the middle name Eliot.