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Project by wncguy posted 12-08-2013 12:12 AM 1661 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to all for feedback on offset sections of the top tray in an earlier forum post, & to Blackie for reminding me on cutting sequence for the front & drawers when I had a brain freeze. This one has been delivered to the gallery & 3 more in process for Nephews gifts.
Birds eye maple & walnut, although disappointed that there weren’t many “eyes”.
About 9” x 4 1/2” by 5 1/2” thick. Finished with 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal.

While I really don’t like sanding with so many grits, it does pay off with a really smooth finish.

Thanks for looking.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad





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#1 posted 12-08-2013 01:25 AM

Well done. You’re getting the hang of it.

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

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#2 posted 12-08-2013 03:53 AM

Jap that looks great , work for me .

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#3 posted 12-08-2013 05:32 AM

I really like this box. I had for got all about the tray boxes you and Blackie have been making…I think I will add a few of those if you don’t mind….. will you please tell us the cutting sequence on front and drawers. I would think you would cut the drawer out first. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#4 posted 12-08-2013 02:08 PM

That turned out very nice.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 02:39 PM

Thanks for comments –
Larry – those cuts were where I had the brain freeze & Randy helped me out… Cut off both the back & front. Then tape the front back on & cut out the drawers. Everything is then aligned.

With both the front & back off, you’re pretty much good to go cutting out however you want the top tray.

I should also note that Randy is light years ahead of what I’m doing, this is really only the 2nd valet for me. Randy’s also doing a hybrid with slab drawer fronts & butt & mitered outside box in addition to hidden drawers ,etc.

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#6 posted 12-08-2013 08:00 PM

Outstanding..

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#7 posted 12-08-2013 09:43 PM

A highly functional b.s. box and very easy on the eyes, well done !

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#8 posted 12-09-2013 02:34 AM

love the curvature on this. a great adaptation of a bandsaw box

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#9 posted 12-09-2013 03:29 AM

Thanks for clearing up the cutting sequence on that one….I guess you could also glue the front on instead of taping…gotta think about that one

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 12-09-2013 02:35 PM

Larry – gluing the front back on might be option, but you’d have to do your top tray cuts before you glue front (or back) on.

I use my Ridgid EB4424 oscillating sander for the 1st two sanding grits, before I hand sand. So I keep the front off until I’ve completed that work.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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Hawaiilad

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#11 posted 12-09-2013 06:33 PM

You are so correct..I forgot about sanding the top part. Sometimes I get into a hurry and miss the “little” things. Again, thanks for making that a bit more clearer in my minds eye.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 03:05 AM

Looking good.

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#13 posted 12-14-2013 02:45 PM

I think I’d use this sequence (because I don’t understand cutting off the front and immediately taping it back on for cutting the drawers out):
1-cut off the back,
2-cut out the drawers (solid blocks at that point),
3-cut off the front
4-cut out the trays and sand the insides
5-close the kerf on the front by clamping(closing kerf on box is optional; I think I wouldn’t do it by clamping cuz it just makes the drawer space tighter with possible need to reduce the drawer; I would use sawdust and glue.)
6-glue on the front and back & sand everything flush
7-drawers: cut off the fronts and backs; cut out drawer cavities & sand; glue on fronts and backs

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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wncguy

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#14 posted 12-14-2013 04:48 PM

sawtooth, given the quality of your work, anything would work! A very good suggestion & alternative to what I did.
Thanks.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#15 posted 12-14-2013 11:50 PM

I posted a couple of pics of band saw boxes I made where the front IS cut off… but then discarded. The goal was to have the drawers protrude 1/2”. More ‘artsy’ and not as functional as a valet-tray box, but an interesting variation on the band saw box motif.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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