Okay, finally carved this baby down to a manageable size.
(And since the various Proofgrades that we have to work with are different thicknesses, it took a couple of iterations to pull off the effect I wanted.)
I did away with the fancy insides and went with a straight lift the lid off and drop the batteries in…it uses less wood, and takes less time to load. (It’s also a lot easier to build.)
I think it turned out looking a little bit like a building, so the continuation of the battery boxes will be others of different heights…a slightly shorter one for the AAA bats, and maybe a low one with a pull out drawer for the 9 volts. Maybe make it look like a little cityscape. (Slightly different lid treatments?) We’ll have to see what they want to do.