Valet box

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Project by kcrandy posted 11-30-2009 07:28 PM 2076 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed my second valet box and I must say doing small boxes does teach one about the accuracy of one’s tools, or lack thereof, especially when they are at the low end of the price range. Fortunately, I was able to grab an old Craftsman compound miter saw and learned that a good blade is worth the money. The wood is walnut, locally grown in the Kansas City area. You’ll see my clamping system is crude and cheap: scrap wood and nails work well. Doing my first box taught me not to clamp all pieces together at the same time, but do it piece by piece. I include the picture of the kind of glue I used because it is hide glue and that is the sort of glue museum conservators use on wood repairs. The finish is a mixture of beeswax shavings in mineral spirits. Many coats. At the end of the project I realized that instead of applying a coat and then waiting for it to absorb and then applying more I probably could have just poured the mixture into a shallow tray and let the pieces soak overnight. Need to experiment with that.

Oh, and the watch is a vintage 1951 Rolex with a waffle etched face and manual wind that runs just fine. If you were born in 1951 and covet this watch I could part with it. I’d rather have good woodworking equipment these days than a good watch.

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

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 08:37 PM

great box there ,
there is so much to learn !

i’m building a box for myself too ,
most people call it my house !

and i still can’t find my stuff .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 05:10 AM

Nice Job, Randy!! Hey, when it comes to clamping, whatever works, use it!! When I replaced my Parent’s bulkhead doors leading to their cellar, I tied a rope around the door boards, took a screwdriver and twisted it like a tourniquet until the boards were drawn together, then attached the “Z” bracing. It worked like a charm!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 06:54 AM

Nice looking box… and watch…
Mike I think that is called a windlass… or sum such..?
Great for chairs..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 03:15 PM

That’s a really good looking valet box. The fit and finish look great

-- Mike - Woodworking rookie from NC

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