Valet Boxes

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Project by Mauritius posted 08-07-2009 02:02 AM 3226 views 30 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished these guys two days ago. One was given to my dad for his birthday, the other I’m keeping. Since these involved a lot of new techniques for me, I did everything on my box first in the event of a mishap (and there were a few) so that I’d make sure my dad’s turned out alright. They measure 12” square, the area to the right of the box is meant as a cell phone charging station, the drawer slides out to reveal a little “hidden” section. The joinery should be fairly obvious from the pictures, the hinges were the only metal used.

My dad’s box is made of zebrawood, walnut and maple. My box is made of cherry, leopardwood, ash with a bit of maple and purple heart in the lid. First time working with zebrawood, and I will say that it was a pain. The grain runs in two directions on all the boards I have which lead to an excessive amount of sanding, and it tends to chip easily which made cutting the miters an exercise in patience. It sure did finish nicely though! I even managed to match the grain on two of the corners.

The inside of the box is flocked, and the rest was finished with a few coats of danish oil (thanks to all who gave advice in my earlier forum post). I ended up adding a coat of wax at the last minute which I think was a good idea.

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Ben Kahmann

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 02:06 AM

Super looking valets. I’m sure it will be a greatly recieved gift

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 02:10 AM

Thanks Ben, he actually got it two days ago and was really happy. He promptly instructed me to quit my day job and start a woodworking business…and then I informed him what my hourly rate would have been on a project like this.

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 02:19 AM

Beautiful valet boxes. You did a very nice job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:58 AM

Very nice. I really like the contrasting woods. Your Dad will proudly remember his talented Son every day as he uses this super nice valet.

-- Life is about experiences.

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 03:05 AM

Beautiful work…...

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 03:08 AM

I want one! I must make one! My son is clothe’s pony. He needs one!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#7 posted 08-07-2009 03:20 AM

Very Nice!! Something I could definately use.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#8 posted 08-07-2009 05:22 AM

What a nice job,

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#9 posted 08-07-2009 05:25 AM

Thiese a great valets wonderful design,super woods and fantastic build

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#10 posted 08-08-2009 12:53 AM

Those look great, and what a nice gift.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#11 posted 08-08-2009 07:05 PM

Very nice valets. Now I want to make some!

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#12 posted 08-15-2009 10:32 PM

Beautiful Valet boxes…...... job well done !!!
I really like the design, gives me food for thought and the wood combination is fantastic.

Yes, Zebrawood “can” be a challenge sometimes, but well worth in IMO…............

Love your projects and a big welcome to LJ’s, the most addictive site on the internet !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#13 posted 02-28-2010 04:37 AM

That’s what I’m talking about!
Nice wood selection, style, and layout.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#14 posted 10-29-2011 08:27 PM

These ROCK! I am in the middle of building one myself. I especially like the hidden compartment. I am doing the same as you, first one for me to work out the kinks. Now you have given me some great ideas for the next one. As long as its ok with you I will be stealing parts or all of your design. I will post mine as soon as I am done.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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