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Salvaged Men's Large Valet Box, False Bottom, Hidden Drawer

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-07-2013 06:50 PM 2489 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Men’s Valet Box, this box is a replica of my previous box that a customer wanted customized to her tailoring, I like it so much I built another only this box is altered larger by a bit, it is very large box with plenty of storage, great for the man that has a lot of stuff, this box is a combination of a bandsaw box and a mitered corner box, the inner core is Alder and is wrapped with Walnut the outer corner leg trim is Padauk, it offers three very large drawers, a hidden drawer, a very large secret compartment with a false bottom door on top and two pull out trays with one of the trays being the secret to opening the false bottom door on top and the other revealing more storage under it once pulled out, the upper hidden compartment measuring at 6” long x 6 1/2” wide x 2 3/4” deep and will conceal all pocket and most compact sized hand guns. The top left drawer houses the hidden drawer and measures 7” long x 4 1/2” wide x 2 3/4” deep the hidden drawer measures 6” long x 3 1/2” wide x 1” deep, the bottom left drawer houses the small tray for opening the top with and measures 7” long x 4 1/2” wide x 2 1/2” deep, the small tray 3 3/4” long x 3” wide x 2” deep and the final large bottom right drawer which also houses the large lift out tray with more storage under it measures 7” long x 6” wide x 2 1/2” deep and the tray measuring 6” long x 5 1/4” wide x 1 1/4” deep.

Finishing: First coat I finished it with one coat of tung oil, (dried) second, third and forth coat were wipe on poly and the final coat was Minwax paste wax.

Story: This box has a story (see full story) behind it, once it was complete, I butchered the hell out of it as it was my very first ginny pig for receiving mitered corner splines, I had just built my very first spline jig and thought this box would be a great candidate, well it didn’t go so well and after it was all said and done, once the butchering was done my stomach dropped I also thought it was done and would become land fill, I almost scrapped it, but by setting it down and walking away from it I thought long and hard and came up with the solution as you see in the photos above, the Padauk on the corners is actually hiding the many failed attempts on the spline cuts.

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 http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 07:25 PM

You’re really fond of those Russian-doll-style drawers, right? :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 07:26 PM

Randy…wow, that came out really nice and the padauk cover up ended up being a great fix for something that no one would have ever known if you would not have mentioned it.
Secret compartments are always a great addition to any piece of work and these are no exception…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 07:50 PM

Not only a very nice looking box and Great design Randy, but a great save the corners. I have never tried the splines but would like to one of these days. I guess you can tell us what NOT to do when cutting them. I really like the legs on the corners.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 07:51 PM

Impressive craftsmanship, very nice.

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 08:00 PM

Randy, What a save. Glad you did not go for the landfill option
The corner blocks add a great presence to the design. Win win.
You have another winner.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 08:03 PM

Thomas It’s not me that’s found of them it’s my customers, what sells is what works :)

Greg, Larry, BGT thanks a bunch, Larry I’ll get it right sooner or later. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 08:05 PM

Thanks Jamie

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 08:46 PM

Blackie, As you know woodworking has a lot to do with trial and error. Sometimes things I do don’t alwasy trun out the way we planed them and we just find a fix for it, just as you have with this box. Most people are not as critical as the maker but I know how you feel. Talking about it sometimes renders new ideas from others. I think your work here turned out very nice because you found a fix that worked and it looks perfect!
Also, I was just thinking, have you ever thought of making box joints instead of miter’s?

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

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Sodabowski

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#9 posted 02-07-2013 08:55 PM

:)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 02-07-2013 09:00 PM

Thanks Tony, you are onto something there, I do have a dovetail jig that I’ve never used.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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dee2

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 09:38 PM

What?....no butcher pics.
This turned out great, very masculine looking and the wood combo is great. I really like the leg design.
Also, very much appreciate the story. I was laughing WITH YOU through most of it. I’m a perfectionist, so I can really relate to the frustration of pieces not fitting in intarsia or nearly trashing a piece. I have walked away too in that situation. Enjoyed the story and we do learn from it! Thanks

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 10:09 PM

Great save! Marvelous!

www.bandsawparts.com

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 10:28 PM

Thanks everyone

Dee, sorry I didn’t think to take butchered pictures, I wish I had of. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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CalgaryGeoff

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 10:33 PM

Impressive design and finish as usual. Looks great.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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HillbillyShooter

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 10:59 PM

Nice job—the Padauk corners really add at lot! Great man box.

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

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