And as per usual, I seem to be incapable of hewing to the original set of plans. In addition to making it three-fourths as large as the one on which this is based, I've also beveled the edge of the lid. This is because a) I nicked a corner and needed to hide my mistake, b) I think it looks better this way and makes reference to the chamfered edges of the legs, and c) it will hurt less when I bang my knee on it in the middle of the night when I get up to go to the bathroom.
I've also added a little detail missing on the original chest. That dark spot on the front, the one that looks like it might be a mortise lock, is in fact a wooden button with copper wire for "thread":
I thought the dark button, in addition to injecting a little whimsy in the piece, would make an allusion to sewing (you know writers--they see allusion and metaphor in everything). Since this chest is supposed to house family quilts when it is finished, I thought that was appropriate. Plus, it pulls in the dark color of the spalted maple on the side panel.
Next up is applying the finish, then adding the cedar lining to the interior.