Men´s Valet

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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 07-15-2020 11:00 AM 595 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 Drawer, Men´s Valet. An apt title for this could be: “a series of unfortunate events.” And in fact, it sat half finished for quite awhile because I was unhappy with certain issues. Wont tire you with the details, suffice to say, I had put a fair amount of time into it already and finally decided to finish it anyway.

The basic design is borrowed from an antique, to which I added some flair.

Woods used:

Carcass: Red Cedar
Details/trim: Kotibe
Drawers, drawer pulls/details: Reclaimed mahogany
Dimensions, roughly 30cm wide X 15cm deep

Along the way I realized that I would not have enough Kotibe to finish the project (one of the issues), and I had this very sweet piece of mahogany reserved for a special occasion, which I had nabbed off a chair at the dump. So I used that, reluctantly, to complete the project.

The drawers are also made from reclaimed mahogany that was originally from the drawers of an antique dresser, which I scavenged at a dumpster site.

Finish is just oil and wax combo.
Drawers lined with velvet, and includes two velvet watch pillows.

Kotibe is an interesting wood to work with, very dense, and smells like soap when cut; finishes up super smooth and glassy.

Thanks for viewing.

And have a great day!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 11:30 AM

Very nice piece, I like the fact that you used reclaimed wood on this project (gives me an idea, once I get my shop up and cutting). It is also nice to see that someone is bringing back a piece that can be very functional. Great Job

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#2 posted 07-15-2020 12:13 PM

Very much like the design of this. The top has small drawers and places to set things used a lot. Beautiful piece Brian.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-15-2020 12:41 PM

Very nice piece, I also use a lot reclaimed wood in my projects. I like walnut so I buy antique pump organs.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#4 posted 07-15-2020 01:12 PM

I like it a lot! More traditional then my usual preference, but the wood choices and color contrasts help make the piece for me. Funny it just sat there for awhile. Projects can be that way…either you can’t stay away from them or they just linger there torturing us because they just don’t seem to come together….and yeah…that one special piece of wood issue is real familiar. Still, despite all the “trauma” I think your valet “came together” quite nicely WW!

I have my grandmother’s old…very ugly….mahogany headboard up in the attic. I’ve been very tempted to “repurpose” it….unfortunately my sentimental sister occasionally asks about it even though she’s 2200 miles away and it’s not taking up space in her attic…would likely kill me if I did. Oh well….. ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#5 posted 07-15-2020 01:43 PM

I really like that. Lots of interesting ideas to use in future projects.

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#6 posted 07-15-2020 02:02 PM

nice one brian whatever the issues you over came them in style.beautiful valet.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 07-15-2020 03:08 PM

Interesting design on the valet, I can easily imagine an antique In a similar style.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 07-15-2020 03:31 PM

Looks like it came together nicely, Brian. I always figure that projects where I really struggle are a chance to learn something, even if it’s just sticking it out to finish a tough project.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 07-15-2020 03:31 PM

Very stately looking! The wood combo with the different sides is perfect and thanks for the detail photos of those pulls, nice “micro” figure, great place to put it.

I like the choice of oil/wax. I’m getting tired of top coats for small projects that really don’t see abuse, oil looks great on almost any wood and the wax makes it ask to be touched.

Being a valet, you should name it “James” or “Jeeves”, just my opinion 8^)

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#10 posted 07-15-2020 03:51 PM

very nice Brian, utilizing the top for additional drawers with a tray is optimizing to the max.
Very Very Nice !

-- 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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#11 posted 07-15-2020 05:39 PM

Love the reclaimed wood. Great that you finished it because it is a cool valet. I like the choice of woods. The grooved pull is very cool. Using the mahogany with the Kitobe worked out well. Would never have guessed that you ran out of kitobe because they go well together, nice subtle contrast.

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#12 posted 07-15-2020 06:26 PM

I like that Valet! Very nice!

Burly Bob maker your sister a box from the headboard (or something else) to remember your mom. It’s doing no good in the attic.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 07-15-2020 09:34 PM

Muchas Gracias a:

Joel. I would very much like to find an old piano to salvage, ebony, ivory, and high quality mahogany maybe.
RCC. Do it! You will be glad you did.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#14 posted 07-16-2020 05:32 AM

Curious as to how you shaped the drawer pull for the large bottom drawer.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#15 posted 07-16-2020 09:20 AM

step 1: Cut the coves on a router table in three passes, one for the top, two for the bottom; and they are offset, so the cove is wider and closer to the front edge on the bottom.

step 2: To cut bevels on small parts like this I use a tenoning jig on table saw, hold-down clamps and/or double-sided tape. This pull has two bevels, I think it was 30º and 45º.

This pull was secured using using two 5mm dowel pins, as I didnt have any threaded inserts in stock and wanted to get the project done.

Curious as to how you shaped the drawer pull for the large bottom drawer.

- DouginVa

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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