I am planning to build a case to hold my old Lionel train set. I have the original cardboard and styrofoam box, which is beat up at this point and I'd like to give the train to my son in a keepsake box.
The total weight of the set is than 10 pounds (maybe less than 5). There are half a dozen cars, a dozen sections of track and various accessories. I would like to build a flat case, perhaps one that opens like a book. It will have compartments covered with a layer of thin foam and felt. The dimensions are ~2'x2' (or double if I put everything on one level).
I have little experience with woodworking and would be doing everything by hand. I have only done little projects in the past and always using pine. I am deciding what wood makes most sense for this project, considering I want it to be sturdy, but lightweight. Pine is easy for me to work with, but might be too soft. What wood would be light enough to be very portable, but strong enough to stand the test of time? Also avoiding the most expensive wood.
Thanks very much.