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Project by Blackie_ posted 08-19-2015 02:58 PM 1564 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s Valet Box, Hidden Compartments, Texas Cedar Elm And Nogal

Men’s Valet Box, can also be used as a ladies jewelry box, this box is a very unique box with very large storage compartments, great for holding lots of stuff, I handcrafted this box using the following woods, the inner core of this box is Alder and is wrapped in Native Texas Cedar Elm with Nogal used for the drawer pulls, lid, hinges and the bottom for large lift out tray.

It offers two lift out trays, two very large drawers, and a hidden drawer, by pulling on the large drawer on the left and turning it so you’re facing the back of the drawer reveals the hidden drawer, there is a very large secret compartment with a false bottom door located on top of the box under the lift off false bottom door, one of the trays is the secret to opening the false bottom door on top, by pulling out the tray on top and setting it aside then strategically placing the small coin tray from the drawer on top of the false door located on top of the box lining up the magnets it latches onto the door then by lifting the tray out it also lifts the false bottom door revealing the hidden compartment, In the top of the back wall under the lid center is a notch for your phone charging cord to lay in while the lid is closed, once again this is my own design and creation a one of a kind, all drawers are lined with dark brown felt.

Measures 13 ” long 7” high x 8” wide, the hidden compartment measures 7” x 5 3/4” x 2” It is Finished in a single coat of Tung oil and several coats of my on mix of satin wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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parkprimus

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 03:34 PM

Nice piece!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 03:43 PM

Very nice, Randy and it is the right size for guy stuff,too!!

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 03:56 PM

Very nice and attractive wood choices.

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

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 04:00 PM

Thanks Park, Jim and John, sad thing is, I’m running low on the elm, once it’s gone there’s no telling if I will ever get anymore, it’s a long living tree, drought hardy and normally doesn’t get very big.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 06:33 PM

Randy,

Looks like you have the lid cutting down! LOL! Nice colors and movement through out. I have enjoyed seeing your evolution and refinement in what you do.

I think you have this bandsaw thing mastered.

Do you have any of the older projects around to compare?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 08-19-2015 06:56 PM

Thanks Tom, physically here at home, no they’ve all been sold already. I do how ever have them buried here on LJ in my project section.

As for as the lid cutting goes, not quite, I had to do a lot of sanding on this lid to get it to match up, I started off with un even corners causing a wobble so I had to take two of the corners down in order to get the lid to sit level, it took a great deal of time to do, time that I would rather not do, hence the reason I asked the question, I still have a ways to go yet.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 08-19-2015 09:47 PM

Blackie, this is another great project. I especially like the contrasting wood colors.

-- Art

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kiefer

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 12:09 AM

Nice box Randy and I like the lid idea .
I am just starting a box with Peruvian walnut I have used it previously and I love the colour .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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bosum3919

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 12:45 AM

Randy, really nice box. When it comes to sanding the top, I suggest that you take a look at some of Andy’s blogs on box building. He show a sanding jig he made using a sanding belt. I made one and they work really well with a minimum amount of effort. Easy to make and use at a very reasonable cost.

-- Bob

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 02:09 AM

Thanks Art,kiefer and Bob, I need all the help I can get thanks for the tip Bob, I’ll look Andy up.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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bosum3919

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 04:05 AM



Thanks Art,kiefer and Bob, I need all the help I can get thanks for the tip Bob, I ll look Andy up.

- Blackie_

PM me if you can’t find it and I will point you to it.

-- Bob

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Boxguy

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 07:33 AM

Blackie, these boxes have evolved and become very elaborate. Nice work as always. My dual drum sander opens up to over 12 inches and I use it to sand the top joint after I cut the top off. If you have a link to Andy’s lid sanding jig, I’d like to see it. Nice write-up with this project too and your photos are improving as well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 08-20-2015 12:29 PM

Thanks Bosum, I sent you a PM for the link.

Thanks Alan, once I get the link I’ll surely share it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Roger

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#14 posted 08-20-2015 12:41 PM

Very fine Randy. Did you flock the bottoms? Thnx in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 08-20-2015 12:47 PM

Thanks Roger yes, the drawers and the hidden well were flocked, the left side under the lid I used normal felt glued around a sheet of cardboard.

Alan and Bob I believe I found the link, Andy's Blog

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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