Maple and Purpleheart Valet Redone

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 01-30-2012 01:01 AM 2459 views 4 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This little box was a previous post that I over-engineered to a fail. The top had been assembled with splines between sections, which caused the glued-up sections to crack. I redid the top with butt joints, reshaped and hinged it to the box, then refinished the exterior with Target Coatings waterborne lacquer.

I added a tray, carrying the arch from the box to create feet. Pegs are Miller mini-dowels. Box and tray lined with moire patterned silk.

Now I can finally ship this baby off to the remarkable young woman who’s good turn so many years ago has made the difference in every day since then. Thanks Lucinda, I’m still here and the thanks are partially due to you.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 01:05 AM

Wow this is beautiful Doug,fantastic workmanship and super woods.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 01:10 AM

Splendid work Douglas!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 01:10 AM

Thanks Jim!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 01:10 AM

Gorgeous work my friend. Nice color and design work. Elegant!

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 01:15 AM

beautiful douglas, i like the way you did the tray on the inside, and the lining is a very nice touch, ive learned a few things from roger bean and one of them is that there can be to much wood shown in boxes, i know its not a have to, but i do like the different mediums..and your box here is a very nice project..thank you…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 01:24 AM

Really like this one Douglas. Think my favorite is the feet on the inside tray. Very cool and creative…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 01:31 AM

Thanks to Schroeder I have a whole bunch of nice Bigleaf for more. Thanks again Mark!

Thanks to all for the encouraging comments.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 01:57 AM

Excellent work, Douglas. I hate it when my engineering doesn’t stand the test of time, but I wish my saves looked this good!

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

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#9 posted 01-30-2012 02:10 AM

Looking really nice!

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#10 posted 01-30-2012 02:12 AM

very nicely done !!!

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#11 posted 01-30-2012 02:20 AM

The re-do is Excellent! I like the final product very much. The Barrel hinges worked out nicely.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#12 posted 01-30-2012 02:25 AM

Another brilliant job Doughie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-30-2012 02:46 AM

Douglas: Practice makes perfect.

Wood as a construction media can make a fool out of all of us. Great looking recovery.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 01-30-2012 02:48 AM

looks tee-totally fantastic to me. nice fix

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 01-30-2012 03:23 AM

Douglas, elegantly done, bravo!


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