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Men's Valet Chest, Spalted Hackberry

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Project by Blackie_ posted 05-21-2014 05:46 PM 1903 views 10 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s valet Chest, (Box) made from Spalted Hackberry, my own creation, I got this wood while it was still green and white from a customers property, once I got it home, I put several of the logs in my spalting pit where I nursed it for a 2 year period to get the results you see here. It has very large storage space along with the hidden compartments, trays and drawers, it has a total of 3 lift out trays a false bottom door and one hidden tray along with one hidden drawer, the top lift out tray, drawer pulls and the splines are walnut.

It measures 12” x 8” x 8” it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, wax free shellac on the end and edge grain drawers and inside of the box only as a sealer, two coats of wipe on poly satin finish and a final wipe of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Eric in central Florida

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 05:54 PM

Nice job Blackie.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 06:04 PM

That is some great work Mr. Randy. That spalted wood has such nice character.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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palaswood

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 06:06 PM

Thats badass! I’m inspired to clear off my table saw and make something substantial now.
EDIT: I just read about all the hidden drawers and trap doors and wormholes to alternate universes and now im REALLY impressed

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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RogerBean

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 06:06 PM

Another nice one. I trust these are very popular with your customers, as they certainly deserve to be.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 06:11 PM

Thanks WR, Kaleb, Joseph and Roger,

Roger this design is popular, though it seems to be consistent, they don’t remain on my shelves very long, I make two versions with this design, a 2 drawer and a 3 drawer but I plan on dabbing back into lidded boxes very soon, still have two more of these on the workbench.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 06:21 PM

Funny thing is Hackberry is not popular among woodworking (large projects) or as lumber due to it’s wood density, I’m not even sure how it turns in a lathe, hopefully soon we should see some turnings from other LJ’s I’ve just sent off some spare blocks to so fellow LJ’s, and you’re more likely to see it wind up in landfill before on a bench but.. for the kind of stuff I make (smalls) it works great, it’s vastly considered a trash tree worthless, you’d be surprised at how many once I tell them what it is the look on their face due to it’s beauty.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 06:48 PM

you sure do have access to some beautiful wood, i have always enjoyed the secret places and the inside rounded walls of the drawers…are you selling these to private customers or at different craft shows, or from your web site, which one seems to be the most successful…beautiful work

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 05-21-2014 06:50 PM

Thanks Grizz, all of my sales are from Etsy, online and they go to anyone and everyone that they inspire, I have to say that I sell more of these open top boxes more then the lidded boxes, but.. the live edge lidded boxes do pretty well too so I’m thinking of getting back into building some of those.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 05-21-2014 07:19 PM

Great valet, Randy. I think I will really like that wood!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 05-21-2014 07:43 PM

Very cool!

-- Nikki

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#11 posted 05-21-2014 07:58 PM

Another very nice looking box Randy. A person can really store allot in a box that large. Glad to hear your sales are going good on Etsy.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#12 posted 05-21-2014 08:04 PM

As always, very nice job. The spalted Hackberry is very nice looking.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 05-21-2014 08:12 PM

Randy,

Looks like you’re back on track. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 05-21-2014 08:41 PM

Thanks
Jim, Nikki, Larry, Monte and Tom,

Jim can’t wait to see what you make from it.

Hackberry grows widely through out the USA, you all should keep your eyes peeled for it.

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-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#15 posted 05-21-2014 09:55 PM

Nicely done as always, and great story on your wood cure.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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