For anyone who is interested. I posted a zip file with a template for a Test Case and a Test Status report tool built in Excel. It is pretty basic, but for just starting out on a project (if you don't have the commercial tools) it is helpful.
It also includes a whitepaper that explains how the thing is built.

The zip is in QADownloads in the Templates section.

Please do not inundate me with email about this. Take it as is and see if it will help in your work.