Men's Valet Box With Phone Charging, Texas Cedar Elm and Nogal

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-02-2016 01:37 PM 3905 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On this box I used Alder for the inner part of the box then bandsawed out the drawers along with the hidden compartments and then came back and wrapped it as you would a traditional miter joint box, I used Nogal (Peruvian Walnut) for the base and Texas Cedar Elm for the lid, drawer pulls, hinges and corner splines, when gluing the pulls on I drill a small hole to allow a tooth pick to enter and use a tooth pick as a dowel to seal the bond between both parts as the pulls are only but 3/8” thick. I added a notch on the top center back wall to allow a phone cord to pass through allowing phone charging with lid fully closed. This design is mine own design which incorporates both bandsaw box and traditional miter joint box together. It offers a hidden drawer along with a hidden compartment which is accessed by way of the small coin tray using magnets to lift off the false bottom door. The hidden drawer is also held in place by a magnet to keep if from slipping out when moving the large drawer around. It has my custom made wooden hinges. For the drawers along with the hidden compartment I used a dark brown flocking.

This Box measures 13 ” long 7 1/2” high x 9 1/2” Deep, the hidden compartment measures 7” x 5 3/4” x 2” It is Finished in a single coat of Tung oil and several coats of my on mix of satin wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax. The hidden compartment is large enough to house most all compact and pocket size pistols with extra magazine and a box of shells.

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-- 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 02-02-2016 01:47 PM

Wow Randy! This is a very fine valet

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-02-2016 02:13 PM

Amazing work, Love the hinges. I got to try them…..

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2016 02:18 PM

Good Golly – that is nice and totally functional – perhaps a .380

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-02-2016 02:49 PM

Thanks Roger, Ken and Dick.

Ken give them a try, myself I don’t use metal hinges anymore this have done me great.

Dick the dummy pistol was made in the image of my Smith & Wesson shield which comes in both 9 mm and 40 cal.

-- 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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#5 posted 02-02-2016 03:40 PM

This is a nice box and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-02-2016 06:12 PM


Do you have all your projects posted in Etsy or just the current projects? I think you have these mastered sir! No more band saw box evolution? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-02-2016 06:15 PM

Nice, really nice, I like the way the colours really stand out. I went to look at your blog to see if you had any info as to how you make your hinges, but it seems as though it’s not working. I would love to know how you make them. Awesome box

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#8 posted 02-02-2016 06:18 PM

Oh hey did you use flocking in this project

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 06:57 PM

Big and lots of storage should be a desired box on Etsy


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 02-02-2016 07:56 PM

Blackie, it looks like your band saw is working again. I really like this design. It is perhaps the climax of the evolution of this concept. You have kept steadily adding features to your original concept of a band saw box. There are drawers, secret drawers, magnetic keys, wood combinations, lids, wooden hinges, cell phone accommodations, pulls, magnetic drawer stays, lift out trays, flawless finishing, a finger lift. corner splines, half-corner splines, and liners.

You have added these features one by one and have arrived at a tremendous product that is highly marketable and I hope profitable. You should take justifiable pride in your accomplishments. I think you have developed a new and original design by adding a wrap around box to a band saw box, and have worked steadily at improving it year by year. I almost forgot to mention that your photography and presentations on this site have kept improving as well. Nice job of illustrating your masterful project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 02-02-2016 09:59 PM

Very nice box Randy. I had a look at your Face Book page and you sure have a lot of items displayed there. Happy to see they are selling well for you. You put so much work into making them and it shows

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 02-03-2016 10:36 AM

Awesome work as usual, Randy. I reallyike the replica u have hidden in there… Is that scaled to a particular make/model?

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

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#13 posted 02-03-2016 01:57 PM

I really like this one. It’s beautiful! And those hinges! They remind me of …

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#14 posted 02-03-2016 02:19 PM

Thanks for all the great compliments, great things can be accomplished if you take your time and not rush things :) I really took my time on this box and looks like it’s paid off, already have a buyer for it and it never made it to ETSY it was found on my facebook page. :)

Mrkixx, I’m working on the repairs as for as my blogs and stuff goes, going to take some time but if you do a search here on LJ’s for wooden hinges you’ll find a wealth of information on them. I have my own way of making them and will prob never use metal hinges again. The drawers were flocked with a dark brown fiber only I don’t flocking glue that comes with flocking I instead use an “oil base” custom made paint that I get from my local box store, Lowes. You just take the fiber in they scan it and out comes the color of paint.

Thank you so much for your kind words Alan, so glad to be back here on LJ’s as well.

Tooch yes it’s a replica of my 9mm S&W shield.

Joe, I never thought of a that :)

Thanks once again all for your kind words.

-- 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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#15 posted 02-03-2016 06:35 PM

Realy deserves daily top 3, awesome box – so many compartments.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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