Bocote Valet Box

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Project by PGreene posted 01-04-2009 02:46 AM 1977 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at building a valet. I used bookmatched bocote for the project and MDF for the curved center section. Brass rods hold the doors and allow them to pivot freely (after a little opening and closing). I finished it with General Finishes’ Oil and Urethane mix. The finish took a while to dry on this wood, but I think that had a lot to do with the wood itself.

-- Patrick

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#1 posted 01-04-2009 03:25 AM

I’ve never worked with bocote, but I understand it is very oily. That would explain the long drying time.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-04-2009 03:32 AM

I like it….especially the brass pins. I have been thinking of adding something like that to one of my projects.

I also like the wood choice. My Daughter, who loves Zebra wood would love this.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#3 posted 01-04-2009 04:11 AM

welcome to lumberjocks

well done

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 01-04-2009 04:24 AM

Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 01-04-2009 06:07 AM

Nice, very masculine, that’s wood baby! If it’s an oily wood do you think the mitered corners will hold up over time? Really looks good.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 01-04-2009 08:25 PM

Looks great. I’ve been wanting something for my dresser, but every box I make looks like a jewelry box. I couldn’t figure out how to make it masculine. I think you’ve pulled it off! Well done

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 06:50 AM

What are the dimensions of this? It looks great and I would like to try something like this for my brother.

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#8 posted 01-08-2009 05:44 AM

Dave – it is 12” x 6 3/4” and 2” high. The center section is 3 1/2” All lumber used to build it is 3/8 thick. If you go thicker than that it will look too bulky. The doors are bookmatched and have to be about a 1/16 shorter than the opening to allow the swivel on the pins. By the way…good luck drilling for those!

-- Patrick

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#9 posted 01-16-2009 05:12 AM

Thanks for the info, I will try my hand at one of these soon.

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