|Project by doubleDD||posted 02-24-2016 08:59 PM||2639 views||24 times favorited||54 comments|
I needed a new valet box for my dresser since the last one my mother bought me when I was in grade school. 1965-1966? Taking a brake in the shop, kicking back, looking at a previous box sitting on my workbench made for someone else, I suddenly got the idea to build a bench box.
The maple top came from a demo job of a women’s locker room years back. At 1 1/2’’ thick, it was perfect for the top. I re-sawed it to 1 1/8’’ and used the remainder for the sides and back. The frame is made out of more bamboo flooring planks which I have a lot of. The front vise was added to give some character. I used some walnut rod to simulate the bench dog holes. The joinery consists of dadoes, mortises and lap joints. My plan was to make wooden hinges, but I was worried about the weight of the top as it is almost 6 pounds.
The total box weight weight ended up at just over 16 pounds. This thing is build better than my workbench.
Dimensions are 8’’ h x 10 1/2’’ deep x 14’’. The top is 17 ’’ long x 1 1/8’’ thick. I brushed on 2 coats of water based polyurethane, sanded, then wiped on 2 more coats. Buffed it out a bit with some wax. Got the finish I was looking for without any maple yellowing. The drawers are lined with some green felt my wife picked, good choice.
I didn’t put add any handles on the drawers yet cause I’m not sure what I want. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Thanks for looking.
I just noticed this is my 50th project post. Hope everyone likes it.
-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.