I needed a custom small wood box, but the craft store boxes were expensive, poorly hinged, and not quite the size I wanted. Here is an instructable to knock out boxes that can be stained, painted, or decoupaged to your hearts delight.
Step 1: Materials
Here are the tools and materials needed:
3mm Baltic Birch plywood
1/4" square wood strips
Power chop saw with 60-80 tooth carbide blade
Thin blade razor saw like X-Acto extra fine razor saw
Low tack masking tape like 3M blue tape
Wood glue like Titebond II
stain or paint
Figure out your outside dimensions. Be sure to add the width of a saw cut to the height if you will be sawing off the top to make a lid. Cutting the lid after gluing the box makes everything line up great.