Mens's Valet, Zebra, Wenge and Alder

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Project by Blackie_ posted 06-01-2013 10:54 PM 1977 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Men’s Valet Box, This is one of my repetitive designs that just keeps going, as I’ve mentioned before a fun build with all the same hidden compartments and drawers and special keys for opening them, my own design and creation, this box is made out of, you guessed it Zebra Wood with Wenge touching on the splines and Alder holding up the inside, once again a hybrid, bandsaw box wrapped in an outer skin of zebra with miter joints. This box offers two open trays on top a false bottom door hiding a hidden compartment on top that is opened with the small pull out tray as the key which is located in the large drawer along with a hidden drawer hidden inside of the large drawer, it measures 11” x 6” x 6” finished in several coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

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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#1 posted 06-01-2013 11:07 PM

Randy, you certainly are busy. I like this design…wonder how it would look with the same curved inserts you used on the hidden drawer incorporated into the top? The Zebra wood is lovely and your finish is nicely done as always. The corner splines should give it added strength…what wood are they? These are useful pieces and should sell well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 06-01-2013 11:14 PM

Thanks Alan, these do sell, that’s why I built this one, this design is a popular sell and I had ran out so had to restock my inventory, I have on the project table right now three different jewelry box designs in the making as well, I’ve ran out of those too, one is Rosewood, (Babinga) the other is Purple Heart, don’t know what the third one is going to be yet.

The splines on this box pictured above are Wenge, I’m thinking maybe I should have gone with a lighter wood though, perhaps maple, actually Alan these splines are more for looks then they are for support as the outer wrap is glued to the walls of the inner core all the way around.

-- 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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#3 posted 06-02-2013 12:26 AM

It’s a puzzle box?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-02-2013 12:36 AM

I think people like the hidden compartment idea. Everyone has something special to hide. Hope you sell a hundred of them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 12:56 AM

very cool randy….i just love these, im going to have to do some some day, when i get a bandsaw, maybe someday…....

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

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 03:11 AM

Another Great looking box Randy. Happy to hear you needed to restock your supply….always a great feeling isn’t it. I really like the design and I can see why customers like them so well. You work with Zebra wood the way I use Koa…Thanks for sharing with us

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 03:55 AM

That is a mighty fine box. I like the Zebrawood and you did it justice…A good selling design is always a good thing to have…

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 12:12 PM

Another nice one Randy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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