Mother Nature, Mens Valet With Extra's

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Project by Blackie_ posted 05-17-2013 09:46 PM 1410 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Men’s Valet Box, once again a hybrid which includes a miter splined joint box wrapped around a bandsaw box, This box includes a divided tray on top with a lift off lid covering the right side and a lift out tray on the left side, with this option it allows for more storage in the tray and under underneath opposed to just having a open area on top, it offers two pull out drawers a hidden drawer and a large hidden compartment located on top of the box under the lift off lid there’s a false bottom door, by pulling the large draw on the left out and turning it around it reveals the hidden drawer also inside the left drawer is a small pull out tray, this tray is the key to opening the false bottom door on top, shown in the photos. The wood used is Texas Walnut only this is unlike any walnut that I’ve ever seen such beauty in this wood, I almost thought it might be Pecan, the inner core is alder and the splines are wenge. I used all three tools making this box, table saw, bandsaw and miter saw.

The Box measures 12 1/2” long x 6” high x 7 1/2” wide, the hidden compartment measures 6” long x 5 1/2” wide x 2 1/2” and should be large enough to conceal a pocket and compact sized hand gun.

It is Finished in a single coat of tung oil and several coats of my on mix of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Story: This wood I harvested via my chainsaw, it came from a neighboring town called Hutto in which a lady friend had this Walnut tree on the ground for a very long period also along with another standing walnut that was already dead, she also had one very large log of Pecan that I picked up as well, that’s why I believe the wood above I might have labeled it wrong just not sure.

Thanks 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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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 09:50 PM

Randy that is neat
A very unique box altogether looks as if it has a history


-- 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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#2 posted 05-17-2013 09:53 PM

Very creative. Great to see imagination st work.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 09:53 PM

Nice Hybrid, Randy!!

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

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 10:24 PM

Excellent box Randy…All of those hidden drawers and compartments are nice and unique. You are definitely having fun…!

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 10:32 PM

Very nicely done—looks great and should intrigue customers.

-- 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 05-17-2013 11:24 PM

Wow Randy…that box just keeps on giving drawer space. Great design.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#7 posted 05-18-2013 12:36 AM

Very cool design,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 05-18-2013 01:50 AM

Nice work! that is really cool!

-- “Anyone who doesn’t think money is grown on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.”

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#9 posted 05-18-2013 02:22 AM

There is some serious storage going on in this one Randy, I might even lose something in there. I like it.
Nice looking wood, my money would be on Texas Pecan, not Texas Walnut.

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

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#10 posted 05-18-2013 03:02 AM

Pretty creative here. Thats a lot of work in a small box! Good job!

-- Jay -

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#11 posted 05-18-2013 12:26 PM

Wow Blackie,
This is amazing. You find some of the neatest pieces of lumber to work with. Very well done indeed!

BTW, I am going to try and make the Blanco Market Days later this morning, so I can check out much more of your work. Keep up the amazing box work!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#12 posted 05-18-2013 12:30 PM

Great job. I like the design a lot and the wood looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 12:12 AM

Wow folks, I managed to check out Blackie’s vendor setup at the Market Days event today and it really blew me away! I am amazed at how Randy sources his wood stock and the variety of species in all of his pieces, as well as the quality. Major drool!... Keep up the good work Randy. I had a blast!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 05-19-2013 12:47 AM

Mike, thank you so much for the books and stopping by it was nice meeting you and also a plus as you were my first LJ to meet in person, it was a pleasure and thanks for the comments along with the tip of the hat :) we are going to have to get our bikes together and get a ride going and soon!

-- 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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#15 posted 05-19-2013 12:10 PM

Wow! There’s a lot going on with this piece. Love it. Beautiful wood.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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