Very nice! I totally would have used a tapering jig and a table saw. I commend you for being old school. Only suggestion i would make is some edge banding down the legs on the 2 visible sides. Maybe a contrasting piece of maple.
Thanks for the link are those stop hinges? They do not say on the site. If so, I will try them out. Price is less than half of Brusso I am paying $35 per hinge set.
Hey Timmy - Beautiful boxes very well made. Have you considered making a "lip" on the inside of the top like a humidor would have? I started doing that on all of my boxes years ago and really like the way it finishes the box. I didn't like the way boxes without the lip "slammed" shut. The lip allows the box to almost soft-shut and most of mine create a vacuum type seal. I use cedar. I usually add it after the box is completed but I have also routed out a groove (dado) in the wood before glue up (where the box and top meet) to have the lip recessed.
Also I am curious what hinges you are using. They look like Brusso but those are not Brusso screws. Brusso hardware is great but I have been looking for a cheaper alternative. I love your leather lining I line the bottom of my boxes with leather but will consider lining the sides as well. I'll have to see what effect that has on the lift out trays.
Very nice i have been thinking of making a Maloof inspired chair. Quite a challenge to be sure.
Beautiful paddle I was thinking of a similar technique to make an airplane propeller to be used as wall art.