I ended up accumulating several offcuts of glulam. On the low end, the boards have the density of punky white cedar. The cheaper stock also tends to lack glue in many of the finger and butt joints so it can often fall apart as it is being cut to size. I've made use of this for adjustable shelving. On the high end of the price and quality range, it is made from something called Scots Pine or Scotch Pine, perhaps. I don't know whether this refers to a specific species, a market term, or a bit of both. This sort of material is used extensively in China, in fabricating interiors and furniture. Laminated plywood is rather rare here and tends to be of very low quality. The glulam is stable, relatively knotfree, and comes in the metric equlivalent of 4'x8' sheets. There are also DIY boards imported from Germany which I used for the main pieces of my DTC because my previous manager wouldn't buy dimensioned lumber wider than 2"x10".
|low end glulam|
|High end glulam|
I considered cutting out oval handles in the two short pieces, leaving them wider when I cut grooves in the bottom and then assembling the box with dovetails. I just happened to have a scavenged piece of resawn beech (from Germany, too!) that quasimiraculously fit perfectly into the bottom groove. I have a muse who guides through the construction and design process. She grants me inspiration and is named Moulariprionia. Since she lacks an MFA, speaks Danish and not classical Greek, and inspires members of the working class, she is often left out of the roster of muses.
|The first inspirational phase|
|Muse eye view|
|The inverse of the base box|
|Partial access and stackable|
|The assembled box on a box|
To be honest, I came across a slightly similar tray design when I was updating my plans for a Japanese style toolchest, the interior details of which are promoted by Chris Hall in the Craftsmanship in Wood forum at the Carpentry Way. He has designed removable, stackable chisel trays which fit onto interior partitions. His examples might have planted a seed but my muse insists otherwise. I encourage anybody who finds himself here to head over there and ask for an invitation to Craftsmanship in Wood.