Choosing the Metal and Wood
McGowan says walnut is the perfect wood: “It’s gorgeous and rich looking,” he says — though you can use whatever wood you like best. A single three-quarter four-foot plank is about all you will need. For the backing, Finart uses a one-sixteenth-inch thick panel of steel and most anywhere that sells steel will cut if for you. Since it will be recessed into the base, it should be an inch shorter in both dimensions than your box.
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