Variations of finger joints

I believe in you! Go get yourself some inexpensive north american species (assuming you are in the US) like maple and walnut and just try it out. It’s really very easy to work with.

Plywood is even easier. I did all these in hardwoods, but birch ply is very stable and easy to work with too… Here’s a nice starter set to make some trays or whatever comes to mind:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-WALNUT-10-OAK-10-MAPLE-THIN-BOARDS-LUMBER-WOOD-1-8-X-2-3-4-X-12-1-2/191616857789?hash=item2c9d4136bd:g:Z5UAAOSw3ydVkrYw

You could make a dice or valet tray easily with those boards. Like so:

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