After a little paint, some distressing, and a light wax & buff, the team came up with this:
I've since tackled the "Buck Bros." (no lie...real name) Miter Box and have managed to cut and assemble these, as well as a few other versions on my own.
**Helpful Tip: You can get the paint sticks (a few at a time, or so) for free from Home Depot. I've tried buying them from HD in larger quantities, but they always (politely) decline and ask me how many I want for free... I've gotten up to 18 or so. Wal-Mart sells them for .50 each- however; the wood is slightly thinner and a lot softer. The ones from WM tend to split really bad when you go to staple/nail them together. I could have sworn I read somewhere that a person was able to BUY them from HD by the bundle.... but so far, no luck here.