Mesquite Valet #2

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Project by gfadvm posted 01-28-2013 12:52 AM 1827 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love mesquite and live edge projects and the last one of these I made sold so decided to do another. Dimensions: 11 1/2×7 1/4×5”. Drawer box of pine. Finished with shellac (same technique as the last box). Longhorn cowhide in top. Some fun facts: the recess for the cowhide was done with a Craftsman router that was made in 1958. The box joints on the front are to balance the look of the case and have no other function. The feet on the drawer keep it from tipping if pulled out too far and they add visual ‘Balance’. I’m almost out of mesquite so you can see that I had to piece some smaller pieces together for the back. Mesquite is hard for me to come by so I try to waste NONE. This was another fun one!

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

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 12:56 AM

Nice one Andy…..

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 01:09 AM

A beautiful box. Love everything about it.

Isnt there a lotta mesquite wood out there for you?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 01:13 AM

OMG!!! That looks like Clara-Belle…..

Andy, You said Clara-Belle went to another farm…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 01:13 AM

really nice andy, i dont think you could ever make a bad box from now on, you have the experience and will always put out boxes that are really nice, your just to good to ever do a bad box, ive never worked with mesquite and maybe someday i will, but now ive got so much wood i dont worry about it…

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

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 01:27 AM

Very very nice Andy. The cowhide and the mesquite go good together. Hope you find more mesquite.
Here is Louisiana mesquite is a flying insect that drinks your blood…

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#6 posted 01-28-2013 01:48 AM

Very nice Andy.
That piecing together you did for the back would look real nice if you done a whole box with panels like that. I like it.
I enjoyed the top as well. I thought when I first looked at it, “look, the wood on the top looks like cowhide”. Then I read the post and realized that it IS cowhide. Nice way to add something to the wood. I have seen leather and such in a drawer, but I hadn’t thought about putting a piece of hide like that on top.


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#7 posted 01-28-2013 01:48 AM

Really nice box Andy. I am also a Mesquite fan and you have done the mesquite proud – oh, the long horn would have been proud too:-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 01-28-2013 01:49 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Love it.

I really need to get to my cousins in west Oklahoma and get some of that.

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

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#9 posted 01-28-2013 01:57 AM

Very cools Andy – the cowhide is quite unique and using up the scraps for the back is certainly a good use of wood in my book…....I love using up those scraps…...The drawer design is new right? I like it….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 01-28-2013 02:11 AM

Thanks for all the comments and entertainment! Jaykaypur- Mesquite won’t grow in NE Oklahoma (I planted seeds and got sprouts but they all died and I have never seen a mesquite this far North or East). Marty- Clara Bell has a lot of hide (I’ve still got more!). Jeff- The feet are the only new design feature on the drawer. Mine are all box jointed with ‘false fronts’. Is that the correct term?

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

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#11 posted 01-28-2013 02:17 AM

great looking box, I knew it was yours by the “feet” but was surprised by the drawer.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#12 posted 01-28-2013 02:22 AM

I really like the mixed media idea with the hide.
The finish looks really good as well and the piece-up in the back is pure character.

Sweet !!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#13 posted 01-28-2013 02:33 AM

Just plain SUPER ! You are a real artisin.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#14 posted 01-28-2013 02:33 AM

great looking box design , very cool , love the pull out and live edge

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 01-28-2013 03:27 AM

I agree with them.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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