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Project by Blackie_ posted 01-27-2016 01:33 PM 1919 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s Valet Box, Phone Charging, Spalted Arizona Ash and Nogal (Peruvian Walnut)

I handcrafted this box from Arizona Ash and Nogal (Peruvian Walnut) for the lid
along with the hinges. The Arizona Ash I picked up curb side during large brush pickup the logs I spalted it myself.

This box offers my custom made wooden hinges and cell phone charging accessibility.
The top center of the back has a notch cut into it, this is to allow the phone charging cord to pass through while the lid is closed.

This box measures 11 3/4” x 8” x 5 1/2”, it’s finished in a single coat of tung oil, three coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing.

-- 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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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 01:37 PM

Nice looking box, I love the spalting.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Donna Menke

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#2 posted 01-27-2016 01:40 PM

The color of the spalting matches the walnut quite well. Good job. very masculine.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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wncguy

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#3 posted 01-27-2016 01:52 PM

Blackie – it is really nice to see your great projects back again. You’re still an inspiration.

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

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 01-27-2016 02:21 PM

Thanks Woodnsawdust, Donna and Wncguy.

Good to be back, the spalting was a bit longer then it really should have been as the wood was almost too decayed with a lot of sanding and it really soaked up the tung oil and the wipe on poly, I had to put several coats more than usual. But it worked out.

-- 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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grizzman

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#5 posted 01-27-2016 02:24 PM

nice box randy, is there a certain reason why you ar not making the other style

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

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 02:35 PM

Hi Grizz and thanks.

Sent you a PM

-- 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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Bobsboxes

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 02:44 PM

Great looking box Randy, really enjoy all of your beautiful projects.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 03:27 PM

This is a beautiful box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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cajunpen

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#9 posted 01-27-2016 04:47 PM

Well done, I like the woods that you used and the hinges are really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 01-27-2016 04:52 PM

Pleased to see you’re still crafting your beautiful valet boxes!

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

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DocSavage45

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 04:52 PM

*HEEEEEY BLACKIE!

Nice to see your smiling boxes! Nice smooth lines.

RE: finishing the spaulted punky stuff? Was it just minimal soft? And did the tung oil make it solid again?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

4530 posts in 1972 days


#12 posted 01-27-2016 06:59 PM

Thanks everyone.

Tom I’d say minimal, by keeping the wall thickness 5/8” thick along with the sanding and the finish did the trick.

-- 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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Boxguy

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#13 posted 01-27-2016 10:23 PM

Blackie, it is really nice to see your work again on this site. Welcome home. Hey, is your band saw broken? I like this work and design. The woods are an excellent combination of colors. Your hinge picks up the look. I would have rounded off the top of the sliding tray too.

The finish routine seems familiar. I have found that if you have a really pithy spot, a little soaked-in super glue will help firm it up. On my last spalted top I put a couple of coats of tung oil on before I even started to build the box. I did give it a few days to dry and sanded it so the glue would get a better grip. I have also learned to use grits from 100 down on spalted wood to keep it flat. Coarser grits tend to dig the soft wood out and make it wavy.

You may be using shorter boards, but if you are using one long board for the sides, you will get a better grain match on the corners by first cutting the side lengths and then cutting the 45s for the corners.

Feels good to have you here again. You were missed. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

4530 posts in 1972 days


#14 posted 01-27-2016 11:00 PM

Hi Alan, I wasn’t able to do book mark due to the boards being short boards from the same log and during the stickers g they get mixed up. The tray walls are 1/4” thick so I do put a slight round over on the outside and inside, the round over bit I use for the box is a 1/4”

Thanks for the glue info I never thought of that and a great idea.

-- 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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Mean_Dean

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#15 posted 01-28-2016 12:47 AM

Great looking valet box! I like how the spalting and walnut match—very attractive!

-- Dean

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