Full disclosure: I’m a newbie, so this may be ho hum to a lot of you.
While waiting for my GF, I read a bunch of posts about living hinges. Never being one to leave well enough alone, I thought, “if wood can bend around a corner, why can’t it bend around all the corners?” 28 iterations later (I was trained as an engineer, my numbering system lets me know this), I produced the first finished version of what I was aiming for.
Next I decided to see if I could do it a smaller size (the first one is ~3.5" in diameter).
Then I thought, “I wonder what this would look like in acrylic?”
Hmmmmm…I don’t like that so much. What if I tried clear acrylic instead?
And then it was Xmas:
Each of the three designs - large wood, small wood, small acrylic are slightly different because of the properties of the material. The large wood box needs a locking ring around the top to keep the sides vertical, while neither of the smaller boxes needs that. Both of the wood boxes need a ring inside the top to facilitate ease of use, while the acrylic top works simply with a ring engraved in the top that fits onto the sides of the box.