First Men's Valet Tray

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Project by LoganN posted 08-04-2015 10:36 PM 4214 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a men’s valet tray for a 5th wedding anniversary present by a former customer. This tray has walnut sides with a cherry base and a strip of Padauk for style. The dividers are CheChen and curly maple. As with everything, I made a few little mistakes rushing though parts, but it came out pretty nicely considering that I finished it with Minwax Spray lacquer. If you haven’t used it before it’s pretty good. I tried the Watco spray lacquer but it is not nearly as good as the Minwax – the Watco spray is sort of like a shotgun blast approach, while the Minwax is much more precise.

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 02:44 AM

Turned out great, the woods compliment each other nicely. I would be pleased to have it on my dresser!

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 03:14 AM

I like your box. Also thanks for the tip on that Minwax Spray lacquer. I’ve been wanting to try it.

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 03:58 AM

Thanks guys!
BurlyBob – It’s definitely nice to be able to finish it in the time that I did, but getting into the inside was nerve wracking! I wound up doing several light coats and with the tray standing up on its side so I could spray directly into it. After I sprayed I would let it dry and turn it into a different side to spray it again.
I definitely would not have done it with the Watco spray

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 09:29 PM

Nice work! I agree that your wood choices compliment each other nicely.

-- Ben in Va

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#5 posted 01-31-2019 04:09 PM

Yes I agree with the rest, very nice job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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