Custom Made Valet Box, Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-14-2013 03:33 PM 3017 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a special request from a customer that also added in making a change in my design to allow for deeper drawers for the large bulky items that men carry more so wrest watches, the customer wanted a place to store his wrist watch in aside other then setting it in the top tray so I had to make a change design in the drawers to allow for this making them deeper, another option that I’ve been juggling was the phone charging capability I was balancing on the fence to drill an oval shaped hole to allow for the cord to pass through on the top tray wall but I just couldn’t see nor did it make since drilling a hole when the cord can easily be draped over the top wall for easy access to charging a phone etc….

The inner of the box is Alder cut as a bandsaw box then wrapped with mitered splined joints of Texas Cedar Elm with slabs for the drawer fronts to take place of bandsaw cut fronts, the large drawer on the left has a hidden drawer along with a small lift out tray, the top right side under the lift out tray on top hides a false door which is accessed by way of a key, the small tray is the key by way of using magnets to reveal a large hidden area, the drawer pulls along with the keys are Wenge.

The box measures 11” x 6” H x 7” D and is finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of satin wipe on poly my own mix and a final coat of paste wax.

Most of my projects are made from a single log of various sizes in length but not long enough for accurate book matching plus once they are stickered for drying they get mixed up so it’s impossible to get an exact book match but I do the best I can by flipping boards over to find which works best.

Thanks for viewing and all comments are enjoyed and replied too.

Edit In Not shown in these pictures, I added a dark brown felt to the drawers, top trays and lift out trays before shipping to customer.

-- 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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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 03:40 PM

Looks good, Randy. Very masculine.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 03:46 PM

Nicely done.

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

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 03:48 PM

hello Randy…as always you have created a real treasure for your customer. Very nicely done. The Texas Cedar Elm sure has an awesome grain to it also.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 04:02 PM

Really nice box, Randy.I love all the compartments!!

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

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#5 posted 12-14-2013 04:25 PM

You did a beautiful job on this box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-14-2013 04:53 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments Donna, Roger, Greg, Jim and Charles.

-- 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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#7 posted 12-14-2013 04:55 PM

Nice work Randy! The wood has a really nice grain pattern and all the drawers and hiding places are awesome. I may have build one similar for myself.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#8 posted 12-14-2013 04:58 PM

another beauty, Randy. I gotta ask- how do you cut out the fronts for the drawers? it looks like the fronts still match up with the miter joints, and have the splines…. do you cut them out first, then glue? or glue first, then cut to fronts? you have me perplexed!

Also, I noticed the front matches the grain on the back, too…. very cool!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 05:11 PM

This is a cool design and good build ,well done Randy.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 12-14-2013 07:06 PM

Thanks Gary I look forward to seeing it once you’re done.

Thanks Tooch Questions answered in a PM

Thank you Jim

-- 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 12-14-2013 11:47 PM

Great piece, love the hidden drawers

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 12:25 AM

I sure like the way you build these Randy.

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

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 01:57 AM

real nice box. I like the hidden drawer and all the compartments.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 01:57 AM

I really like this box a lot Randy! Nice work!

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

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#15 posted 12-15-2013 02:33 AM

Blackie, great job as usual. This build combines a lot of skills that you have developed in box making. I like the wood combinations. Hope the watch box is coming along well.

-- Big Al in IN

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