I Went out and bought a half sheet of 1/2 inch hardwood plywood and started the cutting process. I then cut the sheet in half again to make it easier to work with. I also made a scale grid of the cuts for each board so I can maximize the use of the wood. I should have been slightly less lazy and drove the extra 10 mils to the Home Depot for the wood but Lowes is 3 miles from me. Lowes hardwood plywood is passable at best with many blemishes in the veneer layer and cost significantly more.
Here are the two sides. The back piece has has some minor sanding and the corners rounded and the front one was just cut.
I cut the bottom next and took it into my workbench so I could bet the assembly started. All joints are nailed with 1 1/4 inch brad nails and glued for increased strength. I have worked with wood for many years and found that using wood glue is the best way to make a quality joint with very little extra cost or effort.
More to come…