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Project by Blackie_ posted 141 days ago 1218 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I may have already mentioned that this box design is a very popular design and has done well for me, this is just one out of the three that I started on the workbench.

The wood I used in making this box is Arizona Ash, but.. only with my special touch did it come out looking the way it does, I found several of these logs laying curb side ready for land fill still green, I picked them up and tossed them in the back of my truck, this was a few years back, once I got them home, I placed several of them in my spalting pile, there they sat for right around 2 years and this was the outcome I created with the effort of my nurturing them, keeping them covered with black plastic and keeping them moist with the water hose.

Arizona Ash, back in the 80s in the area I live in became popular around the neighborhoods as it provided fast growth along with shade but little did builders know they are notorious for cracking foundations, they have a top ground root system thus they stopped planting them long ago but are deemed a trash tree with a life span of around 20 years, so these days I’m always on the prowl when large brush pick up from the city comes around.

This is a lidless box, the outer walls are Spalted Arizona Ash with Walnut used for the splines, drawer pulls and the lift out tray on top the inner part of the box is made from alder, it has three large drawers with open top trays, three lift out trays, one large tray is hidden under a false bottom door that is access by the smaller tray in the lower right drawer of the box by way of magnets, once the large hidden tray is remove it reveals yet another large hidden area, the top left drawer has a hidden drawer in the back of it.

Measurements are 12” x 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, 2 coats (my mix) wipe on poly satin finish 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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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 141 days ago

Nice box Randy and good story on the wood!!

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

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#2 posted 141 days ago

Nice to see it finished, Randy. The face of the box sure has a beautiful grain pattern – nice job selecting it. Plenty of hiding places for some gold pieces in this one. :-)

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

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#3 posted 141 days ago

very nice, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Ah yea Randy, that is really nice. You sure have taken the men’s valet box to a new level…makes my little boxes look…well, little. Not sure I want to post pictures of the one’s I have made.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 141 days ago

Good job sir. It’s become a classic style.

-- 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 141 days ago

Blackie, your box style is wonderful. I like the matching pull and lifts for the tray. Nice touch. The spalting is beautiful. Have you had problems with cracking or warping as the material continues to dry? I certainly am a fan of your work and always look forward to your posts.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 141 days ago

you did really well in scarfing up the logs when you saw them, beautiful wood, great design you have going, im glad your finding success, that always makes me happy know woodworkers are doing well with their craft…

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

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#8 posted 141 days ago

Thanks all for the wonderful comments.

Larry don’t cut your self short your skills are great.

Big Al I’ve had some issues with warping, splitting and cracking but not a whole lot.

-- 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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#9 posted 141 days ago

Very nice box, and very functional. The wood is beautiful and I like the curved bottom tray a lot.

-- Dan P.

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#10 posted 141 days ago

Nice looking lumber you used on this one and not letting it go to the landfill and drying and spalting it gave some beautiful look .
That box design gets better and better and hides many secrets within no wonder it is a popular item .

-- Kiefer 松

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3378 posts in 1147 days

#11 posted 141 days ago

Thanks Kiefer and Dan

-- 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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#12 posted 140 days ago

Another great box Randy. Always look forward to seeing what you come up with in style changes with them.
Great stuff ….

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

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#13 posted 139 days ago

Very nice and creative project!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#14 posted 122 days ago

Hey…........this looks exactly the same…...................only, different

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 122 days ago

Kind of like your pens huh Roger? LOL

-- 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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