Found my first hurdle in crafting my object. Initially my idea was to use drill holes down one side for wooden dowels to pass though so that the lid of the base pivots. However, because the dowel is pretty thin (8mm diameter), it was impossible to use wood glue to hold in place the top of the dowel to the model. Even when the glue dries, because only a tiny surface is glued together, it just breaks apart again with the movement.
Solved it by using a small screw that passes through the lid and down the dowel. This held everything in place so much better, and even allow for more wiggle room, so the lid swivels really smoothly.