Mesquite Dresser Valet

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Project by gfadvm posted 02-01-2012 06:37 PM 2841 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I resawed some mesquite and hedgeapple firewood last week and needed to make something with the resultant wood so a dresser valet happened.Joinery is box joints for case and drawer and dowels to attach the bottom. I need your input: Yea or nay on the longhorn hide insert? I am undecided as I hate to cover up any of the remarkable wood but I also think the cowhide is cool. Finish is 5 coats of shellac and then Renissance wax applied with a white Scotch pad. Criticism and comments always appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 02-01-2012 06:41 PM

The only criticism I can give is that it looks fantastic! I like the hide insert cause it really gives it a personalized unique character.

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#2 posted 02-01-2012 06:46 PM

I have to agree, while I understand your concearn not to cover the wood the hide gives it another interest. I love when people make boxes and leave live edges on the project. the box joints look really goos as well. I think leaving the frame there w/o the hide would take away from the top.

I made an Entertainment Center for my new TV and left the 2inch thick top with a Natural Edege and its the first thing people comment on when they see it.

I have a buddy I work with her in Los Angeles who’s wife is a equine veterinarian as well.

Nice post.

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

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#3 posted 02-01-2012 06:53 PM

Nice! I like live edge projects. Dovetail is fantastic. Thats mesquite, just grow in a different part of Texas.

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 06:54 PM

I really like the contrast in the woods,nice work.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#5 posted 02-01-2012 08:06 PM

Mesquite, worm holes, longhorn hide, natural edge all go hand in hand – a great combination, Andy . . . very well done, indeed!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 02-01-2012 08:20 PM

I say yes, I really like “mixed media” and these go very well together! Great work my friend!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#7 posted 02-01-2012 09:50 PM

Great job, I like the top either way, but I guess the hide realy adds a point of difference.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 02-01-2012 10:27 PM

Definite Yea on the insert. It just seems right. Beautiful wood and a great design all comes together with the cow hide insert.

It may be a dresser valet, but IMHO it would look fantastic on my desk!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#9 posted 02-01-2012 11:07 PM

Super looking box, I like the insert. They can’t all be the same. Great mix of wood.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 02-01-2012 11:25 PM

That’s a great look and a really cool idea. I really like it

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 02-02-2012 12:08 AM

I love it. I like the insert , but I think it depends on what you want to do with it. If you are selling or giving away I think the insert makes it cool. If you are keeping it then it’s what you like.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#12 posted 02-02-2012 12:43 AM

that’s beautiful.. why not put the hide on the inside o the drawer.. it looks good on the outside too tho. I see your dilemma.

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

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#13 posted 02-02-2012 01:23 AM

Great box! I’m with Roger – use the hide inside for a nice surprise when they open it, and let that gorgeous grain show on the top.

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#14 posted 02-02-2012 02:12 AM

Definitely like the hide. I first was trying to figure out the wood species! Great looking box. I was just thinking about using some polished rock slabs for inserts. You have convinced me to give it a try.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 02-02-2012 02:15 AM

Really great looking, you have a good eye for wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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