men's bedside valet

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Project by dclark1943 posted 06-10-2012 10:51 PM 3947 views 19 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Father’s day brought a request from St. Louis for this special mens bedside valet. Made of bubinga, it measures 14”x 9”x 2 7/8”, and sports a pair of “gull wing” doors. Each door is inlaid with an Andiroba, maple, wenge and costello inlay, that somewhat reminds me of some of the native american designs seen in the southwest. Between the doors is a slanted bay for your Iphone, and a curved till to keep your change. Upon opening the doors, a pencil tray and small “cubby’s” are to the left, and to the right are two nice compartments for larger items. The bottom of the valet is lined with a beautiful “dusky blue” ultra suede, providing a nice background to the dark red bubinga. The mitered corners are splined with wenge and the doors are hinged on brass rod. Finished with danish oil and wax, this neat little box should keep the nightstand organized and provide years of service and enjoyment.
Thanks for looking !

-- Dave, Kansas City

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 11:14 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 11:17 PM

very nice, too pretty to be for a man though lol

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 11:53 PM

This is super nice. Luv the inlays on the top. I really like the way you made the top to open also, very kool. Gr8 wood combos, and design.

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

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 12:32 AM

Wow, that is one fine looking piece!!!................Jim

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 12:43 AM

Very nice job on this valet. Great design and the wood choices were very complementary. The gull wing doors are unique and definately add to the design and function.

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

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#6 posted 06-11-2012 02:35 AM

Absolutely stunning!!! Well thought out design, beautifull execution! Exeptional!

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 02:53 AM

some body going to one happy camper

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#8 posted 06-11-2012 02:57 AM

Great looking piece. Your work is truly beautiful!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 06-11-2012 04:04 AM


Great job! I can’t take my eyes off of this wonderful piece. The design and workmanship is superb.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#10 posted 06-11-2012 04:48 AM


This is a fantastic job. I like everything about it. The colors are stunning. The mechanics are superb. The internal design is very well thought out. And, the best part is that this is not just something to look at, but it is also designed to do something. It is a rarely beautiful box that organizes clutter and solves a problem in as small a footprint as is possible.

Obviously, the workmanship is splendid, but your creation is in fact functional art. This does what a box should do: functions, and it is what a box should be: art. Thanks for sharing this with us. It has been a joy to see.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 05:03 AM

Nice box, great design.

An good idea for Father’s day.

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 07:55 AM

Aside from the great and functional design, the beautiful inlay and the choice of woods you incorporated. The finish looks flawless. That’s usually what catches my eye on anyone’s post. I didn’t see the word ‘poly’ used anywhere.

Well done!

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 10:37 AM

Dave, this box is outstandingly beautiful. I love the whole design of it and it’s quite obvious that you put a good bit of thought into it. The wood and finish are stunning. You did a superb job on everything about this box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 11:26 AM

Now that’s a nice looking box. Nice job.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#15 posted 06-11-2012 01:58 PM

I second the motion on this great job. Thanks for sharing. GPops aka Don

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