Nogal And Spalted Hackberry Box

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Project by Blackie_ posted 04-03-2016 02:05 PM 2573 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another men’s valet or jewelry box, better suited for the man though. It has my hidden compartments along with my hidden drawer feature. The notch on top of the center back wall is to allow cell phone charging cable to pass through for phone charging while lid is fully closed. The inside is Alder and the outer skin is Nogal with Spalted Hackberry for the lid, splines, pulls and hinges. It measures 13” x 9 1/2” x 7” and is finished with a single coat of tung oil and several coats of wipe on poly satin finish, I make my own mixture.

I just recently purchased the Incra Hinge crafter so there will be more variety in my hinges in the future.

Thanks for viewing

-- 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 04-03-2016 02:30 PM

Super cool.
That’s a real man’s vallet.
Fine work and crisp details.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 02:34 PM

Great looking box, lots going on in a small space. I like the how the darker Nogal contrasts with Spalted Hackberry top and the hinges add so much more niceness to admire. Just curious about the size of the space for a gun. I would need 5” X 6” minimum for a Sig 938… just saying…
Nice work all the way around!

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

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 02:35 PM

Great work, I really like the secret drawers too. I’ve wanted to do the glued on solid tops (at least I think that’s what’s up here) but the wood movement thing has held me back. Does the relatively small size of the box make it okay in these instances? There was a fellow how did a lot of tackle boxes in this way too. He made so many, and didn’t seem to have a problem either.

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 02:46 PM

looks great

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 03:29 PM

Another beautifully crafted box. Great work, Randy!

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 04:31 PM

Blackie, your signature valet design is always a joy to see. You keep adding little things to make them more appealing. This time the hinges look slightly different. Your new shop must let you work efficiently. You are really cranking out the projects. Of course, it helps to know what you are doing. You can cut way down on head scratching time and just move from step to step.

I also want to complement you on your photography. It looks terrific. I have been using the back side of a bathroom flooring vinyl as a backdrop for my photos, and it works well. The contrast of the three woods you chose really adds to the look of this valet. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 04:43 PM

Thanks for all the great compliments.

For those that had questions.

Tony the wooden gun is an exact replica of my S&W 9mm shield which also comes in a 40cal package too. The measurements of that compartment are 7” x 5 3/4” x 1 1/2”

Chaotic, yes the lid is glued on, there is no worry for wood movement in this application, I use 5/8” thick walls as well so there’s a lot of real estate to glue and support on the frame.

Alan another thing I did on this project was I raised the round over bit a bit higher to get the decorative lip around the edge of the lid.

-- 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 04-03-2016 05:04 PM


Late to your party! I was noticing the differences and refinements. I also checked you out on etsy. Al has detailed the differences. I like that those differences are subtly integrated.

As my wife said when I showed her my first project…”It looks store bought!” I’m hoping that it is.

Oh yeah, it’s easier to critique a piece than to critique it while it’s being built!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 05:38 PM

This box turned out so nicely and I like the design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 04-03-2016 07:44 PM

Beautiful job! Those hinges are great too.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 07:58 PM

Randy – I feel I am repeating the words when I am commenting on your work… but wonderful design, fantastic execution & beautiful wood choices keep coming to mind. It’s really nice to have you again posting on LJ site we can enjoy your work.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 09:33 PM

Another beauty Randy

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 04-03-2016 10:15 PM

You have done another one. Great job as usual. Congratulations on making #1.

-- Bob

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#14 posted 04-04-2016 12:36 AM

That is some pure eye candy right here Randy. WowZa! I really like those wood combos and extra details/splines, etc.

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

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#15 posted 04-04-2016 01:42 AM

Beautiful woods and a beautiful box. Fine work!!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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