For Christmas 2015 I wanted to get the Harry Potter Hardcover Box Set for my dearest wife. The official box set hardcovers are very expensive ($120+) and come in a pretty cheap-looking cardboard “trunk” (photo at right). Plus, we already had all the books in hardcover, so I thought I would make a cute little wooden trunk myself. Everyone loves homemade gifts.
Lots of time and money later, I had finished a nice trunk, perfectly-sized for all seven HP hardcovers. Like all projects, I should have taken more photos during the process, but hopefully this write-up gives you a decent idea of what I did and how you could do the same if you want.