Shop the wood things section at Goodwill. This little box with lid cost 99¢.
Sorry, no 'before' pictures. I decided to create an instructable after it was half done.
Wooden box with lid (99¢ at Goodwill)
Thin sheet metal 3" x 3" ~ .020" thk. Free or <$2
Wooden dowel 1/2" dia x 1". Free or <$1
General purpose adhesive
1-1/2" hole saw
Heavy scissors or tin snips
Ball peen hammer
Files and sandpaper
Step 1: The Box
Cut a 1" long piece of wooden dowel (this is 1/2" oak) and drill a 1/16" hole halfway through. Drill through from the opposite end to make a centered hole.
Smooth the edges of the dowel with sandpaper, then press into base. If it's a loose fit, use a little glue to hold it.
Chamfer the center hole to help insert the stick.
Step 2: The Lid
File and sand a smooth radius at the top of the hole. It will make forming the bowl much easier.
Step 3: Get Hammered
Hobby shops have aluminum, tin, brass and stainless sheet for sale, around $2 for a small piece. Brass would be my first choice, but I'm cheap.
Center the sheet over the hole. Use duct tape to hold it while working.
Start by peening around the edge of the hole. Keep moving around as the bowl is started.
During the forming, occasionally flatten any wrinkles that may appear around bowl.
Once the edge is defined, hammer away until the bowl looks like...a bowl.
Step 4: The Bowl
Drill a center hole large enough to clear the incense stick, about 1/8". Drill a few smaller holes for air flow.
Step 5: Finished Poduct
Hey, look! There's even room to store your cones inside the box!