I love woodworking, most of my projects not as complex as your chest. But, I have a scrap wood supply I have been able to access for the last could of years, matter of fact there is some cabinet grade 3/4" plywood lying under some heavy steel pieces that is breaking my heart. But I love turning scrap 2 x 6 into unicorn stick horses for little girls. I'm learning a little about carving with power tools, one of my next projects is a bream shaped picture frame for my old fishing buddy in Mississippi.