Men's Valet Box With Drawers, Mesquite

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Project by Blackie_ posted 07-18-2016 11:26 AM 3537 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Men’s valet box, which allows for phone charging as phone sits in top tray. The wood in this project is Mesquite with Texas Cedar Elm used in the splines and pulls. There are many parts to this box, same design as I’ve used for the past few years. I was planing on phasing this design out until I started receiving request from customers. The inside is a bandsaw box (Alder), the outside is a normal miter joint box in which I like to refer to as a hybrid box. It offers a coin tray which acts as key (magnets) to opening a door to a hidden compartment and it also comes with a hidden drawer that is held in place by way of a magnet. It measures 13” x 9” x 6” and is finished with a single coat of Tung Oil followed by 3 coats of wipe on poly satin finish and a final rub of paste wax. The hidden compartment on this box is a deep 3” x 7” x 5-3/4” which will easily house a pocket and or compact sized hand gun (pistol). The drawer are flocked with a dark brown felt, I used a custom made oil base paint instead of the normal glue that comes with the flocking to secure it to the wood.

-- 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 07-18-2016 11:56 AM

Outstanding, Randy. It’s elegant, but with a very masculine feel.

Does the wooden gun fire wooden bullets? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-18-2016 12:28 PM

Nice, as usual. I’m really at a lack for new words to describe your stuff properly :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 07-18-2016 12:36 PM

And you did this with a plastic geared table saw. Lol. Great job as usual Randy.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-18-2016 12:54 PM

Thanks everyone,

Well Bob not quite, I’ve not tackled the cleaning yet on the table saw, I’m still on my trusty Dewalt miter saw. :)

Charlie, you have to use your imagination with this gun. :) I actually use it as a settle replica of my S&W shield as don’t want to alarm those that aren’t into guns.

-- 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 07-18-2016 01:08 PM

Nicely done!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#6 posted 07-18-2016 01:44 PM

Hi Randy nice work, I went to your blog spot, only to find that there was nothing there except your shop add on. I was wondering if maybe, just maybe you might be able and consider doing a tutorial for this style of your boxes , pleasssssssse

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#7 posted 07-18-2016 02:06 PM

Why discontinue the box design when you get orders for them ,obviously there is demand for it .
Maybe switch to a different wood combination and see .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-18-2016 02:40 PM

Hi Mr, I’ll try and put that back up, I’m slowly making repairs to postings and projects.

Klaus, the only change was the open top feature, The box remains only with the lid attached. I have customers that like the open top feature.

-- 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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#9 posted 07-18-2016 03:04 PM

I’m very impressed with your work & especially all the creative design efforts.
Nicely done! No wonder there is more demand for your expertice!

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#10 posted 07-18-2016 05:04 PM

Blackie, another masterpiece. I see you have continued to evolve with different lifts for the phone tray and some other subtle changes. I am glad sales are strong and hope you have raised the price enough so customers value what they have bought.

A Parable:

In the 60’s a yogi traveled the U.S. giving free lessons on transcendental meditation, and charging $20 for an individual mantra word. When he came back five years later, he found that hardly anyone was still doing the meditation he had taught them.

On this second trip to the U.S., He decided to charge $200 for the same class and $50 for the mantra word for each student.

On his third trip, five years later, he found that a large number of students he had charged $250 were still doing the meditations he had taught them. He raised the priced again to $500. He had fewer students, but they were true believers.

There is something to be said for teaching people the value of a good thing, or a good box.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 07-18-2016 05:50 PM

Great valet box, Randy

Cheers, jim

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

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#12 posted 07-18-2016 08:21 PM

Another great looking box Randy

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 07-18-2016 09:56 PM

This is a great valet box and would make a wonderful gift for someone.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 07-19-2016 02:15 PM

Thanks once again all.

Alan, I remember you asking me how I made the cut splines in the drawers? I’m still waiting to see what you are making :)

Jim, Larry and Charles.

-- 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 07-20-2016 12:00 AM

Great looking valet box! Looks like it has all the features a guy could want!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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