Hi everyone. Humm, lots of questions. Ok let’s see… yes this is a mini case. The start and select buttons on the side are Happ buttons and there is no routing necessary for that.
There is a slight slant to the box… something close to a half inch. As for the wood used, the front back and sides are all 3/4" solid wood.
Inside the box on all 4 sides is a slot (a dado) that was made with my router. Wood glue is put in the dado and the top panel slides into the dado and when the whole thing is glued and screwed together it holds the top panel in place. After it dries it is very solid and doesn’t budge an inch. I also brace it some with extra wood.
The wood for the top panel is 1/4" thick birch, and it is very solid. You can pound on it all you want and it won’t crack or bend on you. After the plexi is added on top of that it is even more solid.
I actually come from a family of carpenters and they helped me with coming up with the whole dado idea. It’s used often in cabinetry. It’s strong, saves space, and I’ve tested the heck out of it on beta models and it’s sturdy. My first test case I pounded, punched, and stomped on… kinda fun to do. Got some aggression out:)