Showcase the wood
Splurge! Consider bird’s-eye maple, burled walnut or some exotic species you’ve never even heard of before. Wood-database.com is a great source for images and working properties of various wood species.
Cut part consecutively
Try to cut all your parts in order from a single board. When you assemble your box—particularly one with mitered corners—the grain will look seamless as it wraps around the corners.
Select the best
Cut out cardboard windows, sized to each of your box parts. Position the windows on your boards to find the most attractive section of grain for each piece.
Make the parts: Prep the sides and ends
This box is made from 1/2-in.-thick material. Most home centers carry 1/2-in. boards in a few common species like oak and poplar. If you want more choices and don’t own a planer, shop online (rockler.com is one good source). Since the ends (B and C) are so short, leave each end and side (A) as a single board for now. Then cut them free after milling the grooves, leaving extra length.