Texas Cedar Elm Meets Bubinga, Open Top Valet Box

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Men’s Open Top Valet Box Made From Texas Cedar Elm

Pictured is a men’s valet box that I handcrafted from Texas Cedar Elm, this Elm was part of several logs that I harvested via my chainsaw from my dad’s neighbor the tree had been dead standing over two years, the corner splines and drawer pulls are bubinga and the inner core is alder. This box has great features, it offers two drawers, one pull out tray a large hidden compartment behind a false bottom door and a hidden drawer located inside of the large drawer, the small tray is the secret to opening the false bottom door on top, by pulling out the tray and strategically placing it on top of the false door located on top of the box lining up the magnets it latches onto the door then by lifting the tray out it reveals the hidden compartment on top of the box this is my own design and creation a one of a kind. It measures 12” x 5” x 6” and is finished in a single coat of tung oil, several coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

This is a bandsaw box only it’s wrapped with mitered corners and splined, my own design, I call it a hybrid as it’s not solely focused around the bandsaw but the miter and tablesaw as well.

In the pictures the box is actually sitting on top of one of the Elm logs it was made from.

Thanks for Viewing.

-- 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 356 days ago

Real nice one, Randy!!!..........Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 356 days ago

Blackie, this is a very intricate design. I like all of the features you have designed into this form: drawers, pulls, trays, hidden compartments, divided areas. This is the whole package for a box all in one item. It should sell well and represents lots of combined skills on your part. Nice work, nice finish, nice wood, nice design, nice photos, nice write-up…this is all together too nice. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 356 days ago

Blackie, I have 5 or 6 of those tree’s standing dead here.

When my hip quits giving me fits I’ll cut them down and slice them up. I hope they come out as useful as what you have!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 356 days ago

That is a nice valet and some beautifully grained wood. But I have never heard of cedar elm???

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

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#5 posted 356 days ago


Excellent crafting, and design. You are moving forward along the creative path!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 356 days ago

What a really awesome design with some very unique and fantastic looking wood.
Your hybird designs are might fancy…

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#7 posted 356 days ago

MAGNIFICANT! Fit and function top of the line, design, truly unique. Craftsmanship absolutelu superb. You get an AAA for this class.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#8 posted 356 days ago

A really beautiful box….well thought out, well designed, a combination of a bandsaw box look with conventional box building/joinery… An awesome job well executed. The TCE wood is really beautiful.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 356 days ago

Randy, love the grain on that wood – you really made it pop.
Andy, recall this thread regarding cedar elm. :-)

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

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#10 posted 356 days ago

Thanks Jim

Thanks Big Al actually it’s going to it’s first day view at a show tomorrow. :)

Dallas Very nice to work with.

Andy it gets it’s name cedar Elm due to it growing in and around Juniper and it’s also lime stone and drought hardy, it’s region is mostly Texas and I believe northern Louisiana up into southern Arkansas but not prominent in OK.

Thanks Thomas and Russell

Thanks Greg looking at the wiki for the cedar elm you should be able to find it there in Louisiana, northern part.

-- 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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#11 posted 356 days ago

Another fine looking well executed box Randy! Good looking grain also! Good luck at the show!

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

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#12 posted 356 days ago

Nice design, I need one of these, added to favourites!!

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#13 posted 356 days ago

Nice job!

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

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#14 posted 355 days ago

That’s a Great looking box…having fun are you

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#15 posted 355 days ago

Super Job. Like the grain and the finished color.

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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