Valet for a friend

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Project by Bob_O posted 02-23-2009 09:26 PM 2757 views 13 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This valet plan was found in a copy of Wood Magazine. I made it as a birthday present for a good friend. It is made from black walnut and tiger maple. The top panel is made from a piece of bookmatched tiger maple. The drawer is made out of cherry, with a tiger maple front panel. I turned the knob on the drawer from a piece of gabon ebony. The finish is a mixture I made using varnish, tung oil, and mineral spirits, and has a half dozen coats wiped on.

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 09:55 PM

That is awesome! The wood choice is great, and the finish is slick!

How many parts per ingredient do you use for your finish?

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 09:59 PM

That is a beautiful finish.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 10:41 PM

That is nice. I never thought of making a valet. Your friend is lucky to know you.

-- Joe Cool

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 12:15 AM

Looks great. I have made of few of these and really like them. The tiger maple is really nice.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 02:01 AM

Beautiful work. The finish looks amazing.

-- Woodgineer, Port Hope, Ontario CANADA

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 08:04 AM

Looks great. Do you remember what month/year those plans were from? I must have forgot about that piece and would like to put it in my list of things to build.

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 10:18 PM

Nice job! My sister’s birthday is just 2 weeks away, what a great gift that will make.

And I think I have enough scraps in the shop that I don’t have to buy any lumber!

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#8 posted 02-27-2009 06:38 AM

It was issue 162 April/May 2005 of Wood Magazine

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