I started out asking for some ideas to make a jewlery box for a Christmas present for my son's girlfriend.
I made hers out of Birdseye Maple and Cherry with Ash corner splines. My wife saw the box and asked me to make one for her aunt. She asked me to make it out of Walnut with a Maple lid bordered with Walnut, and of course Ash corner splines.
I made that one and a friend asked me to make him one for his girlfriend...so I had to make yet another....on that box that I am sending to a friend I made two lids, one is Maple with the Walnut border and the other is solid Walnut.
All three boxes are finished in Min-wax polyurethane, with light sandings between coats.