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Men's Valet, Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-18-2017 12:57 PM 1165 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last batch of cedar elm that I had, not sure if I’ll ever get the opportunity to get anymore either, it’s a tree that has a long life like the live oaks and very hard to come by. Since the boards were milled from small logs, I’m not able to book match from side to front.

This is an open top men’s valet box, one of my own unique designs, it comes with a hidden compartment and a hidden drawer, a lift out coin tray and a removable tray on top. Though the drawers are cut out with a bandsaw I squared the corners off apposed to the rounded corners which allowed me to install cardboard backed with dark brown felt instead of flocking in which I used to do. The felt is so much nicer. I blended the drawer pull handles in by keeping them the same wood as the box was, the corner splines are Wenge, the hidden drawer is held in place by a magnet so that it won’t come out unless you pull it out, the hidden compartment is also reveled by way of magnets, the coin tray is the key which also uses magnets to lift out the false bottom door with.

It measures 6” x 13” x 7”, it’s finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly and a final wipe with minwax 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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robscastle

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 01:47 PM

Another exercise in very fine woodworking, with some very attractive choices in timber and associated features.

Something that puzzles me, ...there is a diagonal line on the L/H side at the front, starting at the spline and finishing about mid way, what is it for please?

Excellent job on the handles too!

-- Regards Rob

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 01:52 PM

Rob, I’m thinking you’re talking about that line that starts at the spline and protrudes in an upper line stopping on the top edge? If so that was a split in the wood that I had to CA back together, I wasn’t able to hide the line but it’s secured.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-18-2017 02:17 PM

Nicely flowing grain, another winner Randy!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 03:32 PM

Real nice valet box, Randy. with so many drawers it is almost a file.

Nice work…...............and Merry Christmas, Randy!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 03:50 PM

Thanks Thomas and Jim, Merry Christmas to you and all as well.

-- 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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balidoug

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 04:35 PM

An elegant and feature-filled piece. Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 07:04 PM

Another great looking valet box Randy and with plenty of drawers. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 09:28 PM

This is a wonderful men’s valet box and it shows a lot of nice design and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 09:58 PM

Lots of details in the design. Great work.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 12-19-2017 05:36 AM

Blackie, this is another great valet. Sorry you have come to the end of the line on this wood. It is beautiful. This design continues to evolve and improve. I like the square corners. I can’t see the drawer pulls. Another great job of craftsmanship. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 12-19-2017 10:49 AM

Outstanding….

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robscastle

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#12 posted 12-19-2017 11:50 AM

Thanks Blackie
I am happy with that answer it sure had me thinking.

-- Regards Rob

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 12-19-2017 12:20 PM

Thanks Doug, Tony, Charles, Drew, Bob and Rob.

Yeah Rob, that front wasn’t my first choice as the back piece had a knot in it that I didn’t like either so I had to choose the lesser of the two.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

-- 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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