Well it turns out that wood is not like plastic. Who would have thought that. If you are buying wood for special projects, it is pretty much like buying apples: You should go to the market, touch them, figure out if this was a good season, and hand-pick your favorites.
I strongly recommend this 5-minute read with a good, concise explanation about lumber and how it is sold. It will allow you toss a few tech terms at the lumberyard that'll make you look smart. I like to think that's what it did to me.
Anyways, wood can be bought rough or surfaced. The former is cheaper, but you have to, er, surface it. So make sure you have a surfacer, otherwise it will be difficult to get a smooth finish and most importantly, to properly zero it on a CNC.
On to packaging design. I had a rough idea of how I wanted the boxes to look, and that's when Maggie came to the rescue! She helped me optimize the box design, and taught me the "slice and dice" technique to properly arrange the components a box must have.
slicin' n' dicin'
Yes, I had some Spam Sushi. Not as bad as it sounds, actually. But do not expect to see it in the Michelin Guide anytime soon.