Mesquite and Wenge With A Touch Of Walnut, Valet Box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 10-03-2014 09:28 PM 2749 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love that Mesquite, This is a men’s valet box with hidden drawer and hidden compartment, I have to tip my hat to John (Hillbillyshooter) for lighting the fire to broaden my design in order to house the pocket and compact sized hand guns, I just recently purchased an M&P Smith & Wesson shield 9mm for two reasons my self assurance and to help use it as a guide for building these boxes. As you see in the pictures the compartment will hold the pistol, an extra magazine and a small box of ammo all hidden away by the false bottom door, the hidden compartment is accessed by a small tray which acts as the key via magnets to lift the door away, the splines and drawer pulls are wenge, the top tray is walnut.

I’ve increased the size of the box just for this reason, it measures 12 3/4” x 8” x 7” the hidden compartment measures 7” x 5 3/4” x 2” it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, a coat of non-waxed shellac over the end and edge grain for a sealer, two coats of wipe on satin poly and a final wipe of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 10-03-2014 10:34 PM

Wow Randy, that is really a nice looking box. So many compartments. My hand guns are a bit larger, but I really like what you have done with this. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-03-2014 10:40 PM

That’s a beauty, Randy!!.............Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-03-2014 11:15 PM

Awesome looking Valet! Really like the hidden drawer, oh, and your new gun…:)

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#4 posted 10-03-2014 11:45 PM

well randy, im glad to see you quit watching TV and got yourself back to work..LOL…..i like the little drawers in the small secret areas…its been a nice design….i might have to come up with my own design and give you some competition on ETSY….lol…ill be starting a site there in a few weeks, im building my inventory now…ill let you know when i get things posted, get your opinion on it…....really nice work…you always do good work…

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

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#5 posted 10-03-2014 11:48 PM

You got that model down pat and it’s still evolving .
Good looking box .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 10-03-2014 11:58 PM

Very nice looking valet box!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 12:11 AM

awesome work Randy, any excuse to buy a new tool or new gun is definitely worth it… when you get to buy both its an added bonus!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 12:14 AM

Looks awesome…the secret compatments and drawers are most interesting…

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#9 posted 10-04-2014 01:17 AM

Thanks for the great comments, I look forward to seeing your store Grizz.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 10-04-2014 06:02 AM

Pretty nifty. Nice work all around. Now you should do a night stand with a hidden compartment for a full size hand gun and a couple magazines. Stay 2nd amendment, my friend.

-- Let's go Pens!

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#11 posted 10-04-2014 06:07 AM

Very nice looking valet box! Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#12 posted 10-04-2014 12:22 PM

What a handsome piece! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 10-04-2014 02:42 PM

Great work, I like it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 10-04-2014 06:11 PM

That is a gorgeous valet box. This is on my list of builds if I can ever getup the confidence to start a project like this.

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#15 posted 10-04-2014 08:52 PM

Nice box. But I’m not sure about needing a gun for “self assurance.”

Great work, though. I like the hidden features.

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