Men's Valet Box, Hidden Compartments, Phone charging, Cypress and Wenge

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Project by Blackie_ posted 03-05-2016 02:43 PM 1467 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My newest completion, This box I used Alder for the inner core of the box and wrapped it in cypress and used Wenge for the lid, corner splines, drawer pulls and hinges. It comes with a hidden drawer and a hidden compartment under a false bottom door. I added a notch on the top center of the back wall so that a cell phone charging cord could pass through with the lid fully closed. It has two trays one is a coin tray that is also the key to removing the false bottom door to reveal the hidden compartment.

It measures 13” x 9 1/2” x 7 1/2” and is finished in a single coat of tung oil and several coats of wipe on poly satin finish. the drawers and hidden compartment are flocked in dark brown.

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

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 03:21 PM

Really nice! I really like the contrasting woods and those hinges are a real unique feature.

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 03:29 PM

Great design and outstanding craftsmanship! Glad to see you post and that you’re still keeping busy.

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2016 04:19 PM

Great job Randy. You have hit another one out of the park.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 03-05-2016 07:07 PM


Nice balance between the tones of the contrasting woods. I like the hinges mounted this way as they help the symmetry of the overall design. ( easy to talk about and hard to do…LOL!)

Remember your first boxes???? :<)

Is the top the same thickness as the sides?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 03-05-2016 07:21 PM

Blackie, great design as always. This is an attractive combinations of colors. You certainly have perfected your wooden hinge look. Your photography is improving too. I like the way you have arranged the parts for the posting. Your valets keep getting more and more complex and intricate. Great work.

I have a project coming up that will require me to have the cut splines like you have used on the front of this box on the drawer fronts. You seem to have perfected that process as they look great and line up perfectly. How do you cut the drawer half splines? Keep boxing and keep posting. Did the spiral bit work out?

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 11:09 PM

Hello everyone and thanks for the great compliments.

How could I forget Tom, they were my start that led me where I am today.

Alen thanks, what I do is first glue the drawer fronts on to the drawers, let them dry. I then put the drawers into the box and tape them in so they don’t slip out during box rotation, I then cut the miters slots. Once they are cut I remove the drawers cut the splines extra for the drawers. I use a dremel took with a 80 sanding drum to naw the excess down on the inside of drawers and box. I hope this helped please let me know.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#7 posted 03-06-2016 12:39 AM

Very nice. I love all the storage and the hidden compartments.

-- Rob

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#8 posted 03-06-2016 01:46 AM

Blackie, thanks. I understand your process for the decorative splines. Your feedback was helpful.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 03-06-2016 04:18 AM

Great job on the box Randy…you sure are having fun with them aren’t you.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 03-06-2016 09:32 AM

Great box -always love secret compartments!!

-- Madburg WA

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#11 posted 03-08-2016 02:03 AM

Randy it looks terrific as always. The design is only outdone by the craftsmanship.

Do you get steady orders for these boxes? I know that you produce a lot, I was just curious if you make them first, then take them to shows to sell, or if you do mostly online sales through Etsy, ebay, etc.?

Either way its easy to see how much time/effort goes in to each one. nice Work as Always.

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

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#12 posted 03-08-2016 12:07 PM

Thanks, Rob, Larry Madburg and Tooch.

Tooch, I wouldn’t say steady orders but I do get request from time to time, this design has been working well for me, it’s my top seller. I tried doing the shows circuit one year through local area towns but didn’t go very well. People are looking for flea market pricing at the events I went too so all of my sells are done on line now.

Great Alan, glad I was able to answer your question.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 03-09-2016 12:55 PM

Mighty fine Randy,

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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