My interest in models and miniatures started at an early age. An eccentric, wonderful aunt of mine introduced me to scale models when I was 12 years old, and my interest was piqued. My first project, done at that age, was a general store. I couldn't find a crate (which would have been my preference) so I built a box out of plywood. I stained it and used a light from some old Christmas ornament, to provide the lighting.
The top picture shows the earlier version. By the time of the second picture, I lost the desk and bureau, and made it more of a store.