Live Edge With Drawers, Dark Texas Walnut and Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 06-07-2014 08:21 PM 2827 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Where to start? :) New designs and changes in this one, My past several boxes had been lidless and I wanted to make my next project a lidded box but had no plan of attack until one day last week when I stepped into my shop it came to me, a lidded valet box and wanted to use the woods that were TEXAS born and that I sweated over cutting with my chainsaw, The Dark Walnut used for the body of the box, I obtained from an old farm house property that was built pre texas independence so yes the farm house was over 180 years old, the Walnut had been dead for a very long time but was still standing when I took it down, The lid, drawer pulls, hinges and splines are Texas Cedar Elm which is only native to Texas but also stretches up into parts of northern LA, this wood I also cut from a neighboring property to my folks house, it had been dead standing for a couple or few years.

The Build I went with 9/16” thick walls on this box since it was going to support a lid normally I would of only went with 3/8” thick walls without a lid, so the drawer fronts are a bit beefy, if you notice on the back wall a notch cut top center, you might ask what that’s for? It’s for a phone charging cord, in my past lidded men’s valet box’s I had been drilling a 1/2” x 1” diameter hole down close to the bottom of the box dead center to allow a charging cord to pass through and I’d had a customer that had issues with that plus they haven’t really done well in sales so I came up with a new plan of attack, I stuck a 3/16” up-spiral router bit into my table marked center top edge of the back wall and slowly eased into the bit only not so deep, after testing the cord it didn’t quite want to stay in the slot so I took it back to the router and went in just a tad bit deeper and that did the trick, the hinges are also as mentioned Texas Cedar Elm, I used 1/2” box joint cuts for the hinges.

The large lift out tray that sits under the lid is also dark walnut from the same batch, I wanted to keep the tray as large as possible for storing things and since the box walls were to high to get your fingers on side wall for lifting out I came up with a bridge grab, once you lift that tray out under it lies a false bottom door in which the small tray acts as the key to lifting it out, the large drawer has my hidden drawer design in it.

It is finished in a coat of tung oil, I used non waxed shellac on the edge grain of the drawers as a sealer and then came back over it with two coats of my 50/50 mix satin poly wipe and a final rub with paste wax it measures 12” long x 8” high and 8” deep.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 06-07-2014 08:25 PM

Always enjoy new designs. Keep the work coming.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 06-07-2014 09:38 PM

A great new design and a Gem of a box. I Loved the live edge look! The light and dark woods give it a really sharp look! Old wood is so nice to work with! Super nice job Randy!

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

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#3 posted 06-07-2014 10:59 PM

Very nice Randy….That is a really exceptionalistic box and the story behind the wood source makes it even more interesting.
I like it with the lid and the many hidden drawers

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#4 posted 06-07-2014 11:21 PM

Wow that is a nice design with the live edge lid .
Like the origin of the wood that goes with it and your design implementation is just what I do most of the time .
I call ” It just fell of the saw that way ” .
The colour contrast looks perfect and all the trays and hidden compartments work well ,kind of your trademark .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 06-08-2014 12:32 AM

Another nice project. You cram more features into one project than anyone I know!

I enjoy using wood that I milled from native trees so appreciate this one.

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

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#6 posted 06-08-2014 01:18 AM

Late to the party! Congratulations on stepping out! You have been evolving and inspired. Stories about how the process evolved help me understand, and maybe share your growth?

I like the balace of the colors and movements in the wood. LOL! I looked at my valet box this am getting ready for work and a thought ran through my mind. “I wonder if Randy will put lids on his ?”

Had a thought while looking at the pictures…”HMM What about feet?” Thanks for sharing.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-08-2014 02:28 AM

Thanks everyone and yes Andy plus there’s no overhead :)

Tom the thought of feet never crossed my mind I’ll see about making some

-- 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 06-08-2014 03:11 AM

Lookin forward to it! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-08-2014 06:00 AM

Very Nice Work. Well Done Randy! Thanks For A Great Description & Picture’s! Always like to see that!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 06-08-2014 07:54 AM

Blackie, what fun. There are lots of features in your latest creations. I love to use wood with a history. Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 11:25 AM

Wow I really like this one Randy specially the live edge top and the wooden hinges they look awesome. Another excellent valet….thanks for sharing.

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

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 01:54 PM

Really nice work. I like the design.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 02:46 PM

sweet looking box- i really like the handle on the lift out tray.

I see you solved the problem for the cell phone chargers as well. very nice concept, I may “borrow” it sometime in the future.

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

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#14 posted 06-08-2014 02:59 PM

Fine Work Randy…
I like the lidded version better than without, it’ll keep the dust out!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 06-08-2014 04:47 PM

I really like this one, the combination of woods is great, so is the addition of a lid with those hinges. The secret drawer and false bottom make it even better. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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