Men's Valet Box With Phone Charging, Arizona Ash

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Project by Blackie_ posted 263 days ago 2922 views 9 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured Men’s Valet Box with a phone charging cable port located in the read of the box, this is another new design I have included into my boxes as I’ve had customers ask if I have phone charging capability, this seems to be a popular trend these days.

The wood I used in the project is a wood that I’ve not yet worked with, I got this Arizona Ash from the local neighborhood as it lay on the curb side waiting for land fill, I grabbed several large logs and placed them in my spalting pile, they have been in there for just over a year when I took one of the logs and sliced it up into portions for box making then stickered them for a few months, little did I know it would come out looking the way it does, I’m quite pleased that I picked up the logs, what I got out was a bit of spalting along with some curl, they still had a moisture content of 22 % when I worked them and there might be a slight bow on the face board I just hope the box holds up. I used walnut for the splines, the lid lift and the wooden hinges.

The box measures 12” x 4 1/2” x 7” and is finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of my own mix of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

-- 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 263 days ago

Nice work. Really nice use of the wood. And, a very tasteful design. The wood hinges fit in well, and the color is a perfect complement to the rest of the box. Some of the best custom gun stock makers have the ability to “see” what kind of a stock a particular gun “wants”. And the pairing makes for something special. You did a similar thing here. I like it a lot.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 263 days ago

wow randy, you did an awesome job with some beautiful wood, its a great box , very nice job, i really like the ability to store and charge the cell phone there, excellent.

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

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#3 posted 263 days ago

Fantastic work !....The ash is beautifully figured. The walnut complements the ash nicely.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 263 days ago

Hi Randy,

Sweet Box, very clean and crisp, the Arizona Ash has a very beautiful grain pattern. You did a superb job on the inside and outside of this box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 263 days ago

Great job. I love the wood.

-- 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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#6 posted 263 days ago

Hi Randy
That is a nice design you come up with and the Arizona ash is just gorges .
I like the clean setup as every thing is nicely enclosed inside the box .

-- Kiefer 松

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#7 posted 263 days ago

Thanks Roger, Grizzman, KDC, Dennis, Monte and Kiefer I’ve never planed a project by writing down on paper or making a sketch on the computer, I get an idea of what I want to do then get work the rest comes to me on the work bench as I go along.

The lid was actually supposed to be a raised panel bevel edge but due to the slight bow it had in it when I started beveling the edges on the router table they didn’t come out even so I wand up planning it down to become a flat panel which looks as though I meant for that design :)

-- 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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#8 posted 263 days ago

yea randy, that is how most of my work happens, and i love doing it that way…keep at it…

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

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3375 posts in 1138 days

#9 posted 263 days ago

Opps looks like I have my spelling backwards, planned is planed and planed is planned if that makes since :)

-- 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 263 days ago

It would have been a shame for that wood to go to the landfill. Nice save. Eexcellent choice of wood. Superb! Start to finish!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#11 posted 263 days ago

Very nice. This type of box is my favorite build. Rescue work, I think, is the most rewarding. I too just finished a rescue piece. Love the design; the charging access is a perfect addition to a valet.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 263 days ago

Nice one Randy!!...................Jim

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

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#13 posted 263 days ago

Blackie, I like the functional design you have used here. The recharging station concept works and is simple. This look is neat and clean. The grain, spaulting, and curl give this a really attractive and special appeal. Nice work.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 263 days ago

Very nice job. That is some excellent looking wood with a lot of character.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#15 posted 263 days ago

Awesome…such a nice design and use of salvaged wood…I can even see the figure of the cat in photo #4.

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

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