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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 1478 days ago 1647 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project made for myself other than shop projects: a valet made of American Elm stock graciously sent to me by LJ member Paul Miller a couple of years ago. If you check my projects, you’ll see that this is my second valet – the first was given to my grandson. Stained with MinWax Pecan stain to provide some color. All of the staining and most of the topcoating, except for the very outside surfaces, was completed before assembly – would have been too difficult to stain and finish the insides after assembly. Applied two coats of gloss GF ArmorSeal followed by a final coat of satin ArmorSeal. Completed with a coat of wax. Leather lining for the top piece and bottoms of the drawer and rear three compartments – leather I had sitting around: my dad used to be foreman of the cutting room in a leather factory and later a leather buyer. The pull was one of a set I got on ebay for kitchen cabinets and I thought it went quite well.

Comments and questions welcome; sarcastic remarks accepted.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1478 days ago

Wonderful work Jim cool design and build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice design Jim. Just the right amount of versitility for a valet and well built to boot.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 1478 days ago

Nice clean looks – You did a good job !!!!

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1yeldud1

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#4 posted 1478 days ago

Nice clean looks – You did a good job !!!!

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patron

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#5 posted 1478 days ago

this is sweet , jim .

very well done ,
bet the recipient ,
will be overjoyed to have it !

-- 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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#6 posted 1478 days ago

Superb!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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woodworm

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#7 posted 1478 days ago

Very neat & clean beauty!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 1478 days ago

Very classy, Jim!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 1478 days ago

Looks good from here!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 1478 days ago

Very clean and smooth, Looks great you did well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 1478 days ago

Great Job, Jim!!

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

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#12 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice Jim! I been wanting to build something similar for myself (I too have yet to build something for me yet…lol). I’m going to pop this bad boy down on my favorites and with your permission make one similar.

Really like this one….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#13 posted 1478 days ago

Plans for this valet were published in the Apr/May 2005 issue of Wood Magazine. They are also available at the WoodStore for $3.50.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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SNSpencer

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#14 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice. I did the exact same valet myself a few years ago out of cherry. For the top panel I slipped in a Black Walnut Burl veneer which turned out really nice.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RefinedPallet

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degoose

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#15 posted 1477 days ago

Superb Craftsmanship…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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