Two Valet Trays, Two Different Build Methods.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 508 days ago 1709 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Two valet trays, two different builds, one is a mix of bandsaw with a traditional mitered joint also added walnut splines the other tray is pure bandsaw with butt joint wrap, I have to say that I favor the miter joint over the butt joint bandsaw box.

The first few pictures is the bandsaw version.

Build: I was commissioned to build a try just like the one I made for my dad, The first tray I optioned bandsaw but wasn’t pleased with the outcome though it wasn’t bad I just didn’t like the end cap cuts I made them kind of shallow leaving it looking a bit awkward as least in my eyes it was so I decided to make another bandsaw tray when it hit me, wait a min, what am I doing? I’ve conquered the ability to make miter joints so lets do it right and I was right it looked so much better though I did use a bandsaw to cut the inner part of the tray just not the sides and ends. The woods used, inner core I used Alder and the outer is spalted hackberry on both trays.

The second tray (mitered corners) will go to the customer.

First tray measures 12” x 6 3/4” x 2”
Second tray measures 12” x 7 1/2” x 2”

Finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcomed.

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 508 days ago

Nice ones. Randy!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 508 days ago

I think they are both nice with no preference. Gorgeous wood!!!

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

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#3 posted 508 days ago


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 508 days ago

I like the idea that you never quit looking for different ways to do things. Fantastic imagination. Keeps us all looking forward to the next project!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 508 days ago

Both of your valet trays look really nice. It is always good to use as many ways possible to get results…feeds the ideas and creativity.

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

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#6 posted 508 days ago

Blackie, beautiful work as always. The second looks like what I hoped we could build together…though I wanted to make it a top for a box. I thought you could make the tray interior and I would make the box section. However, I think what you have done is wonderful. That Hackberry is a really beautiful wood.

What is your special mix on your wipe on finish?

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 508 days ago

Very awesome, Randy. Very “polished”, if I may say

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

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#8 posted 508 days ago

Both are very nice, love that hackberry!!!. I actually like the BS tray better. If I were purchasing a tray, I would choose it because I like the rounded edges on the inside. They are much easier to clean than square corners. Just thought I’d throw that in.

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

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#9 posted 508 days ago

Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

Dee yes I see what you are talking about, it also helps when picking things up out of the tray such as coins, thanks.

Big Al I’ve not forgotten our team up, I’m still getting custom orders in, last month I was tied up and I was just commissioned to make a FedEx truck after she saw my fire and dump truck for an out of state customer as a BD gift for her husband, I plan on doing it out of Maple, she also wants the purple and green along with the ground logos on the side of the truck, that’s going to be a challenge for me, I have a thought of making raised letters as pull handles then using Transfast colors on them, then on the 27th this month I’ll have another booth show, but I still have you on my calendar.

This is my first batch thus I am experimenting, I started off with a 50 – 50 blend but found it a bit lite to my liking so I kept adding more poly until I got the right mixture I was looking for, I purchased a measuring bowl and a 1-quart empty lidded can from Lowes, I thing after it was all done, I was left with a 65 -35 mix there-abouts of Mineral spirits and oil base polyurethane also purchased from lowes, I’ve been using the same quart for a very long time and I’m just now half way into the can so yes it’s a money saver.

-- 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 507 days ago

Nice job Randy. You sure have some nice spalted hackberry. I like the second tray better, where the alder extends all across the bottom. Slightly more pleasing to my eye. I would have guessed from the photos that the bottom wood was cherry. I picked up some fresh logs of mullberry that were from a tree removal. I have already sealed the ends but in hindsight I should have tried spalting them first under some leaf piles I have.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#11 posted 506 days ago

They both are beautiful. Your spalted hackberry is just gorgeous. Looking forward to more of your great projects.

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