Men's Valet Bandsaw and something else Box, With two Hidden Compartments, Spalted Chinaberry

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Project by Blackie_ posted 01-19-2013 01:28 AM 3300 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: This has become a popular design for me, and it’s a fun build, This Bandsaw valet Box is a combination of 2 woods, Alder as the core, wrapped with spalted chinaberry, all corners are mitered on the top right side of the box is a false bottom door that lifts off secretly by way of using the small lift out tray as the key, this box offers 2 nice sized drawers, a hidden drawer and a lift out tray that acts as the key to opening the false bottom door on top, I added felt on the bottom corners to provide cushion and protection, Dimensions of this box are 11 1/2” W x6” H x 5” D
The top hidden compartment measures 4 1/2” L x 5 1/4” W x 1 5/8” D it is sanded down to a #600 and finished with one coat of tung oil wiped and dried, 4 coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of Minwax finishing paste wax

Thanks so much for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 01:48 AM

Very nice. I never did understand the band saw. My brother had one and he passed away 2 1/2 years ago. I know he would love for me to have it but I don’t have a clue what to do with it. He never made things like this with his though. I’m not sure what he used it for. But after looking at your amazing boxes and many others on here, I think I’m getting the picture and I’m pretty sure I know I can’t do it. These little boxes are amazing, the amount of work that you must put in them. Just saying.

-- Janice

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 01:50 AM

Nice. I like the way you did the compartments.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 01:58 AM

Randy- You are so crafty with the hybrid boxes: false bottoms, secret compartments, and hidden locks. Your brain must never rest to come up with all these innovations! Plus I think you’re havin fun. Good work.

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 02:00 AM

Another great little box! Looks good Blackie!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 02:09 AM

Great valet box. With all the hidden compartments, what guy wouldn’t want one.

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

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 02:09 AM

Oh…Blackie…! Another really creative and unusual box…Very nice…Keep em’ coming.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 03:07 AM

Randy, this is a great job as usual. You have created a whole new genus of boxes… hybrid bandsaw/jointed boxes. I just keep wondering what you are going to come up with next. How about adding large corner splines that are cut in deep enough to join the outside joinery and the inside solid surfaces? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 03:58 AM

You know, it’s getting hard to keep up with the great ideas you come up with. Great job on another beauty.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 04:05 AM

Thanks everyone, Big Al, don’t think that I’ve never thought about doing splines on my work, I need to research on how to do it, I believe Andy has a write up on it.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 12:26 PM

That is quite the project
I really like the drawer space

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 12:51 PM

Another gr8 bs box Randy. The wood you find is art in itself, and you make it really look good.

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

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 01:08 PM

It’s a great piece and as a novice to the bandsaw box I am totally puzzled by this one. I have seen YouTube tutorials on simple boxes but yours is like Lance Armstrong (on steroids) would love to know how you put it together. Anyway it’s top notch work!

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 01:43 PM

Thanks once again everyone

Janice Thanks for your comment and reply, My Bandsaw boxes are very complex, not your average box, I’ve created my own spin on them but actually a simple bandsawn box are quite easy to make.

Montie Thanks they take more time but well worth if, they have no become my signature.

Andy Thanks this is my play time and yes having fun is what’s it’s all about. :)

Larry thanks Larry, I thought I saw a fly, flying around in my shop yesterday. :)

Bill Thanks it was a fun build.

Roger Thanks, Not much of that Ash left, it’s just about gone I have way more hackberry this this ash and as I said I’m not even sure if it’s Ash, I can say this though it’s very….. soft, doesn’t take much to put a dent in it and that could be due to decay?

Krudwig (Larry) thanks for your kind words, I plan on one day writing up a blog on my how to’s

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 01:47 PM

Good and creative box I have made a few dozon band saw boxes but nothing as complex as you great work

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#15 posted 01-19-2013 05:15 PM

Awesome, awesome valet box. You are truly a master of the band saw.

-- Bob

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