I’ve had this idea percolating around in my head for awhile, and finally did it. The idea is to make stitching holes along the edge of a box (like leather box edge stitching) and bevel the edges so they would meet in a mitered corner, then stitch everything together with thread, cord or wire. Here’s the final result, one with beads and thread and the other with wire. I like the wired one best.
Closeup of stitched/wired edges:
Here’s what the insides of the box looked like before doing any stitching:
For the lids, I engraved grooves for the beads, with holes at the beginning and end of each groove so the thread or wire could be hidden inside.
To be honest, the corners didn’t work out as nicely as I’d hoped. The 3D engraved bezels were nowhere near 45 degree angles and I had to sand them even with a belt sander. And it was really hard to do the wiring when the width of one wire would block access to the holes for the next wire to go through a close hole. Still, I’m fairly satisfied. I don’t think I’ll make any more of them though.