Matthew Borgatti recently put up an excellent post about the process of creating a hat box stamp for Pork Pie Hatters:
A professional looking tool made from a few simple digital fabrication techniques and some easy hand finishing. I really love when a process can be this straightforward and precise and take the hand crafting out of the equation. Laser cutting allows me to put the time and labor and love in the conception step and not on the execution.
He walks through the details of the aesthetics, design, fabrication and finishing.