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Live Edge Mesquite With Phone Charging Access

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-18-2016 12:22 PM 1032 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s Valet Box, Phone Charging, Texas Mesquite And Texas Cedar Elm

I handcrafted this box from Texas Mesquite and used Texas Cedar Elm for the hinges and corner splines, the Texas Cedar Elm only grows in south central Texas up into northern part of Louisiana and is not sold commercially.

The Mesquite I used in building this box came from my property (Back Yard) the wood used for the hinges is from a batch of wood that I just recently came across. My dad’s next door neighbor had this tree (Texas Cedar Elm) on his property that had been dead standing for a good two years and he just brought it down a few months ago, I made this box with a live edge lid so as to obtain it’s rustic appeal along with custom made wooden hinges to compliment the live edge also making them to look the part.

No rounded corners on this box due to the live edge lid, I also made a poor choice in using the cedar elm for corner splines as they tend to blend in with the mesquite not allowing them to contrast very well.

The top center of the back has a notch cut into it, this is to allow the phone charging cord to pass through with the lid fully closed.

This box measures 11” x 7 1/2” x 8”, it’s finished in a single coat of tung oil, three coats of 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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Roger

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#1 posted 02-18-2016 12:25 PM

A fine looking box. Some nice grain in there. Really like the hinges too.

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

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bosum3919

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#2 posted 02-18-2016 02:22 PM

Another fine looking box, as always. Someday day we need to have a discussion regarding what you are calling cedar elm. I probably know it under a different name.

-- Bob

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 02-18-2016 03:04 PM

Bob, it’s in the elm family but this particular Elm only grows in Texas and northern Louisiana, it get’s it’s cedar name because it’s mostly found growing around juniper.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulmus_crassifolia

-- 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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#4 posted 02-18-2016 04:38 PM

Randy, I looked at your wiki link and based on the map it indicates that I live in a pocket of East Texas where this particular variety does not grow. However, the bark and leaves look very familiar. I might take a walk later on and see if I can find one here. I still think that I know it by a different name. If so, based on the looks of your box, I might have to take the chainsaw to some of it.

-- Bob

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 02-18-2016 06:03 PM

Randy,

Looks like you varied the thickness from previous valet boxes? The live edge is dark. Is this the sapwood or bark? BIG hinges! LOL! I’m making mistakes with Murphy’s help on a first Prototype box. looked at Brusso hinges suggested by Al. Got big eyes when I saw the cost. :<) The ceder around here is light wieght and doesn’t absorb water which makes it great for outdoor projects. I would not think to use it for hinges though.

I like the tonal quality of this box.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

4531 posts in 1976 days


#6 posted 02-18-2016 06:13 PM

Thanks Tom, the hinges aren’t cedar, it’s hardwood Elm that just goes by the name Cedar Elm because it grows up and around juniper.

The live edge is the bark and the white areas on the mesquite is the sapwood.

-- 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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kiefer

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#7 posted 02-18-2016 06:33 PM

Turned out well and has a nice rustic appearance which a friend of mine is very much into.
I will show him a picture when I see him this summer at his cabin .
Here is a link that mentions some other names for cedar elm
http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/ulmus/crassifolia.htm
Klaus

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 02-18-2016 07:21 PM

Nicely done as always!

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

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FloridaArt

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#9 posted 02-18-2016 11:58 PM

Rustic looking. Very, very nice!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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Mean_Dean

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#10 posted 02-19-2016 12:43 AM

Very nice looking valet box! The mesquite looks great, and the hinges are big and masculine!

-- Dean

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 02-19-2016 12:58 AM

Real nice box, Randy. I have not gotten any E mail notices from Lumberjocks buddies for about 6 weeks now and did not get word when this was posted. I hope Cricket can figure out what is wrong with my account. I miss all the notices of all you good work like this!!

Cheers, my friend!!................Jim

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

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Bobsboxes

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#12 posted 02-19-2016 03:14 AM

Great box, I really like the way you show off the hinges by mounting them on top.

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

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Tooch

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#13 posted 02-19-2016 10:48 AM

Another great product here, Randy. Great to see you using the live edge, those always look great.

Although the splines may not show up on camera that well, its kinda like a little surprise… you gotta get close to see ‘em.

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

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Blackie_

4531 posts in 1976 days


#14 posted 02-19-2016 11:50 AM

Thanks for all the great comments.

Yes Tooch, I had mentioned the corner splines in my write up, I was hoping that the tung oil would have made them come out away from the mesquite but it didn’t.

Dean, I could prob thin out the hinges a bit but I like making them hefty, it gives me more comfort knowing they would most likely not be returning back to me needing a repair from a broken hinge.

Thanks Jim, let’s hope they get you fixed up soon.

-- 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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