Men's Valet Box, Hidden Compartments, Figured Arizona Ash

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Project by Blackie_ posted 07-18-2015 01:48 AM 1336 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First box out after the newly completed addition to the shop and for this year.

This is a lidless open top tray box with a lift out tray, under the lift out tray is a false bottom door that is opened by using a smaller tray located in one of the pull out drawers, it acts as a key by way of magnets, the drawer on the right also has a hidden drawer, by pulling it out and turrig it around reveals the hidden drawer, the Arizona Ash used in this project is wood that I acquired from curb side in log form in which I milled and air dried, the drawer pulls and splines are made from Wenge, it measures 13” x 7 1/4” x 8” and is finished in a single coat of tung oil two coats of wipe on poly, 50/50 mixture my blend and a final coat of paste wax.

In the past I had been trying out my own methods of adding felt to the drawers but had some failures thus I went back to what I know is proven to work and best which is flocking but… instead of the glue used in flocking I used enamel slow drying paint which appears to work better.

Thanks for viewing and all comments greatly enjoyed.

-- 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 07-18-2015 01:57 AM


Great save and use of the wood!

Hope the new shop is cool and dry. Due to my old concrete floors(unsealed) My humidity has been really high.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 02:07 AM

Looks great Randy, glad to see you back to boxing again. Nice work as always!

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

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 02:07 AM

Wonderful looking project.
The grain of that ash is a number one stuff.

Thanks for sharing


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#4 posted 07-18-2015 02:47 AM

Neat box. Randy. Gorgeous wood!!

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

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#5 posted 07-18-2015 04:49 AM

Great looking box Randy. Good to see you are back at building boxes once again. I’ve spent most of this week tuning up tools in the shop and a good cleaning. I want to build new cabinets as well, but this new house build is taking most of my time and money.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 07-18-2015 09:33 AM

Blackie, the grain in this elm is really special. Nice work. I like the splines and rounded corners.

The secret to putting cloth inside is a cutting board , cutting wheel, and Tacky Glue from a fabric shop. This glue dries slowly and doesn’t come through the cloth. Using cloth that you can stretch a bit and cutting it just a very little bit small helps too.

Good to see that you are boxing again in the shop. I think you did the right thing sticking to it until you were really finished. How is your new addition working out?

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-18-2015 11:43 AM

Another nice one, Randy.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#8 posted 07-18-2015 12:34 PM

Sure is a great start for work from you new shop!
I’ve been looking forward to seeing the 1st ones.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#9 posted 07-18-2015 12:43 PM

Thanks all for the great comments.

Tom, that new AC 18500 240VAC is rocking!

Larry keep us posted on your progress

Alan though I’ve used Elm in past projects and have much left over the wood used in this project is Ash this breed though is known as Arizona Ash, When it comes to felting the drawers and such the problem I have is the rounded corners, normal felt won’t work that’s the problem I was having, trying to make it work the only way to do rounded corners is by flocking which isn’t so bad, the 90 degree corners I use cereal box cardboard and wrap the felt around it allowing it to rest on the bottom of the area and not worrying about the side walls but with rounded corners you have to complete the side walls as well.

-- 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 07-18-2015 03:09 PM

this ash sure is nicely figured, and im glad to see you making saw dust again from inside the shop instead of for the shop, great valet.

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

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#11 posted 07-18-2015 07:06 PM

You sure have refined your valet boxes. Super nice. I know you’re happy happy happy to be in your new space.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 07:58 PM

Beautiful wood and great project—also, great to see you’re finally able to get back to producing your outstanding line of products after a colossal shop remodel.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 07-24-2015 12:00 AM

That is some crazy grain! I like crazy grain. I’ve learned two new methods for flock application today! The black tool chest I built and posted recently had felt installed with thinned white glue. Really messy and hard to place, and leaked through the felt. I don’t like the regular flock glue, it reeks forever. I’ll be trying these out before my next box project.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 07-26-2015 08:53 PM

Thanks Roger, John and Dark.

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