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Valet box for my dads 70th birthday

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Project by Heisinberg posted 04-01-2015 06:27 PM 1361 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made from a pretty good list of woods. Sapele, birds eye maple, maple, ash, cherry, and african black wood. Sapele for the main box. Birds eye maple veneer for the lid and maple for the pull. Ash and the black wood for the banding around the birds eye and the splines. Cherry for the runners and small tray inside. Ooops almost forgot I used some 1/4” mahogany ply for the bottom.

I got one of those large pizza box variety packs of veneers from lee valley and the birds eye maple was in it. It inspired my design. This was my first time ever veneering and with 50 sq ft of veneer to play with I will be doing a lot more in the future. The finish is boiled linseed oil and 4 coats of spray lacquer. I love the way the grain pattern moves in the light with both the sapele and the birds eye maple. I can see me using this combination of woods again.

Thanks for checking out my project.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White





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Richard

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#1 posted 04-01-2015 07:11 PM

Very nice looking box with all the different wood. Did you have any problems with the hinges? I would like to try those but getting the cut outs in such thin wood seems a bit tough to me.

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Heisinberg

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 07:37 PM

This was my first time using them and they were a challenge for me. I did have to trim about half the threads off the screws that went into the lid. I used a 1/16” router bit to mortise out the recess for the hinge and the stay. I only have a 3hp plunge router so it wasn’t very graceful but I used a base plate I made from lexan that is 10”x6”. A trim router is on my wish list now. I was right on the limit for how thick the lid needs to be to accommodate the hinge. I had maybe only 1/8-3/16” left after I was done. The hinges look great and were well worth the effort for this project.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 11:58 PM

Great looking valet box! I’m sure your dad really appreciates it!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 01:20 AM

Beautiful box, well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 04-02-2015 04:50 AM

Heisinberg, this is an elegant box. It is a marvelous collection of colors and shapes. Congratulations on such a beautiful creation.

My only criticism would be that the sides look a bit thick and the top might fit up better if you thinned it down a bit and connected it with part of the side like this. Or maybe this. Great job on the finish too. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 11:56 AM

So nice. Can you give a short description of the veneer process? I’ve been wanting to try out some veneer work but have yet to do so. Is it as hard as I imagine it to be???

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 02:46 PM

This box looks outstanding very nice work. All the types come together nice

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Heisinberg

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#8 posted 04-02-2015 03:40 PM

I would like to thank everyone for their kind words. I would also like to thank Boxguy for your advice on the top. I see what you mean about thinning it down a bit.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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Richard

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#9 posted 04-02-2015 06:40 PM

Heisinberg, this is an elegant box. It is a marvelous collection of colors and shapes. Congratulations on such a beautiful creation.

My only criticism would be that the sides look a bit thick and the top might fit up better if you thinned it down a bit and connected it with part of the side like this. Or maybe this. Great job on the finish too. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy


With those hinges what would you do to thin down the sides? The top being thiner would look nice but I knid of like the way it is, good thing we are all different. :)

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Richard

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 06:44 PM


This was my first time using them and they were a challenge for me. I did have to trim about half the threads off the screws that went into the lid. I used a 1/16” router bit to mortise out the recess for the hinge and the stay. I only have a 3hp plunge router so it wasn t very graceful but I used a base plate I made from lexan that is 10”x6”. A trim router is on my wish list now. I was right on the limit for how thick the lid needs to be to accommodate the hinge. I had maybe only 1/8-3/16” left after I was done. The hinges look great and were well worth the effort for this project.

- Heisinberg


Wow, doing that with a 3HP router had to a bit on the Wild Side. I think that Trim router or at least a compact router would be a whole lot more fun.

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 06:46 PM

This is a real beauty for sure, Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Heisinberg

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#12 posted 04-03-2015 12:16 AM

@Richard, The top is at the minimum thickness to allow the use of that particular quadrant hinge but the sides could be thinned more if needed.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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Richard

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#13 posted 04-07-2015 03:13 AM

@Richard, The top is at the minimum thickness to allow the use of that particular quadrant hinge but the sides could be thinned more if needed.

- Heisinberg


I think you did great on it. Just wondering on the coment about how to make the sides and top thinner,

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