Material from humble beginnings now takes residency in my small new home. A basic frame and panel trunk to hold our cherrished family-made quilts and extra dog blankets. Each panel carved with a print makers gouge and accented with pyrography.
All the structural material was purchased from Menard's (home construction center). The panels were "Select" grade Pine, rails and styles "Standard" construction grade Pine -- precisely cut to yield straight grained sections. Bought on sale, true to my frugal nature. The lid (wormy Pine) and trim (Walnut) are something a little more desirable, by most standards. These pieces were pulled from a cabinet shop that was closing, given in exchange for helping the former owner load up the last of his tools as he left town.
Nothing but Arm-R-Seal over unadulterated wood. Simply put, 4 coat of finish followed up by a buff with paste wax gives the right amount of shine.
Lions share of the budget was spent on hinges (Van Dykes) and finish. Still revel in the fact that the ugliest construction material can find a use in 'finer' woodworking.