Maple and Purpleheart Valet…improved photography.

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 01-12-2009 08:01 AM 3685 views 8 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted a pen last week, using the lid for this box as a background. This is a Incra joinery double-dovetail valet. It is variation on a theme by Davidtheboxmaker,

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one of my favorites here on Lumberjocks. The box is constructed of ribbon Mahogany (more of the donated offcuts from Dennis Zongker – Thanks, Dennis!), bigleaf Maple with secondary accents in Purpleheart. The lid was glued up from tiger Maple and Purpleheart, all butt joints are fixed with saw or router bit kerf mortises and loose tenon splines including the breadboard ends.

Hinges are 5mm barrel hinges. Box is lined with burgundy ultra-suede with a 2mm foam pad backing, so there is a little cushioning beneath the fabric. Finish is shellac and wax. The color of the tiger maple was somewhat lighter and more yellow than the bigleaf, so I glazed the lid with two thin coats of Bartley Pennsylvania Cherry gel stain over a sealcoat of shellac before sealing that with more shellac. I used mahogany colored wax on the lid (Trewax) and clear Renaissance wax on the box. Dimensions are 4˝x 7˝x 9.25˝
Thanks David for the inspiration, and Dennis for materials.

The table runner in the first photo is one of my wife’s creations based on the painting “The Kiss” by Gustave Klimpt.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 01-12-2009 10:26 AM

This is really beautiful valet. You did great work Douglas.
Really, you and your wife, your valet and your wife’s table runner are perfect match..and I like both!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 01-12-2009 01:45 PM

Love the dovetail design!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 01-12-2009 02:13 PM

good job … dovetails look great

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

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#4 posted 01-12-2009 03:01 PM

Beautiful box and details, Douglas. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 01-12-2009 03:13 PM

Doug your joinery is excellent.
It makeas a clever design outstanding.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 01-12-2009 03:19 PM

Great workmanship Douglas and the contrasting colors really grab your eye.
I like the Soss hinges too.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 01-12-2009 03:23 PM

Stunning, Doug! Beautiful, yet masculine at the same time. Now if you had just built in a secret compartment, I think you’d have a contest winner. :-)

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

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#8 posted 01-12-2009 03:34 PM

Sweet. Nice and crisp. You have really nailed the finishing part of projects, and it shows.

Those barrel hinges seem to be the ticket.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 01-12-2009 03:54 PM

That’s pretty impressive, Douglas. The whole design, the color and the joinery combine to become greater than the sum of the components. Of course, that’s what you intended it to do. Excellent.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 01-12-2009 04:21 PM

Thanks gentlemen (and lady – welcome to LJs Ellen!).

Charlie: Made for a woman, but strong enough for a man! There’s a little knot in one of the transverse maple elements of the lid. Don’t think I’ll enter the contests this time around. I was knee deep in three separate projects when the announcement rolled out. There’s a Doug Stowe FWW mitered box and another Incra double of another pattern to finish up.

Thanks also to Thos., whose design eye I trust and value as much as I do our friendship.

I also want to single out Andy for his kind comments. Your organic shapes and inset lid boxes are favorites of mine that are beyond my skill to emulate, so it’s especially nice to garner praise from your corner.

I so have to make a lightbox…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 04:31 PM

Great looking box Douglas!

I like the choice of woods!

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#12 posted 01-12-2009 04:32 PM

WOW, Douglas you have been busy. Beautiful Box!!! I really like your Incra dovetails. The differerent wood combination is beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 01-12-2009 05:54 PM

Looking good Doug!

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#14 posted 01-12-2009 05:57 PM

Thats really nice Douglas! Excellent work as always.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#15 posted 01-12-2009 06:33 PM

That’s really a nice piece, Douglas! I enjoyed looking at it!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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