Mesquite and Wenge, Valet Box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 06-02-2014 11:23 PM 2845 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box starts off with a glue up block made up of Alder, the wrapped with Mesquite, I used Wenge for the splines, drawer pulls and top tray, it has all of my special features hidden drawer and the hidden compartment behind a false bottom door, this mesquite used in this project is part of some mesquite I had gotten from a neighboring farm land, it was already dead and dried when I milled it on my bandsaw, this box measures 11 3/4” x 6” x 7 1/4” has two large drawers, a small lift out tray that acts as a key to open the top false bottom door that lies under the top wenge tray and a hidden drawer, it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, the edge grain of the drawers and all other edge grain I added a single coat of non waxes shellac and then two coats of my own mix satin wipe-on-poly and a final rub down with paste wax.

A little tid bit about this build, when I was cutting the splines, I forgot to check both front corners where the cuts would land and if you notice on the small drawer top right corner, I managed to fix that minor detail with gluing the spline on the top edge of the drawer.

Thanks for looking

-- 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 06-02-2014 11:37 PM

really really nice randy, the wood is terrific…i like it a lot, the colors really do well together and would be great in any guys room…great job…

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

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#2 posted 06-02-2014 11:40 PM

Another great looking valet box Randy. I like the grain pattern of the wood.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 12:06 AM

I love it. Practical and good looking too. I haven’t built something like this (not sure of the construction methods) but I think I’ll try one. Great job Blackie!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 06-03-2014 12:08 AM

That’s so cool!
Really lovely details and finsh.
Perhaps my next project must be ne like this for me, using the style of my daughters Jewel box.
Really love it and can see we have had many of the same thoughts. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 12:53 AM

And I’ll bet your shop smell really good now. I love mesquite.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 12:57 AM

Love mesquite, great box

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 01:08 AM

If I saw a box like this in a fine men’s store I would immediate think of you Randy! Another great looking box here!
I would only make one adjustment to the “change” compartment. I would make it so I could scoop the change out like your would in a cash register. Other than that It’s perfect! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 01:54 AM

A great looking valet, Randy! Nice wood choice!!............Jim

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

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 02:01 AM

Tthanks everyone,

Andy, yes love the smell of Mesquite another favorite of mine is Spanish cedar.

Tony, the inside edges of the coin tray are rounded so you can actually finger scoop or you can just dump the co is out.

-- 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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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 02:11 AM

Well I’ll be! After a 2nd look I now see that the change tray is rounded. My mind was thinking front to back! LOL!
You do some mighty fine work Randy!
Perfect in every way!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 06-03-2014 05:23 AM

Nice save sir!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 06-03-2014 06:26 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Randy. Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 06-03-2014 09:19 AM

There is so much I like about this…. Great wood choice and amazing work….. You should do a blog on this build I think you would have many followers.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 06-03-2014 09:54 AM

Love the box (as always) and I like the blog idea, too- I’ve been wanting to make something with hidden drawers, but haven’t had the time to try and figure out how.

you should patent this idea and start mass production!

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

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#15 posted 06-03-2014 11:58 AM

Another beautiful looking Valet Randy, you sure have these all worked out. I imagine they are a lot quicker to make now than when you first stated making them. Keep up the great work and products.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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