Gentleman's (??) Valet

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Project by Noel posted 08-03-2021 05:18 PM 905 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A gentleman’s dresser top valet. The “carcass”and drawer front are made from a piece of white oak firewood milled and then re-sawed on my little 10” bandsaw. The drawer box is from scrap red oak and the pull and base trim are scrap blood wood. Box joints for carcass and drawer box. Lining is special order wool felt to go with the blood wood ($15, including shipping, from Etsy). Simple Danish oil finish. The biggest mistake (‘cause we all know that there’s no such thing as a woodworking project without a mistake) was not supporting the left side during glue-up, such that it warped/bent in. Note to self: include bottom in glue-up next time. Thanks to suggestions from Lazyman, TravisH, Robert, skatefriday and mrg, i was able to salvage the project, with a little residual “character” on the top left corner.

I was going to keep it for myself, but it’s a gentleman’s valet . . .

-- Just make the cut

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#1 posted 08-03-2021 05:39 PM

Nicely done. The oak grain is wonderful.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 08-04-2021 02:41 AM

NIce work. Good job saving the oak from the fire.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 08-04-2021 03:26 AM

Nice project. The grain looks so nice.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 08-04-2021 11:07 AM

one of the neatest valets I’ve seen in a while and you can bet there will be one like it by days end. yeah, I’m going to copy it -

-- 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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#5 posted 08-04-2021 03:53 PM

Thanks for all of the compliments. How great is it to be able to do what you love doing and then get pats on the shoulder for doing it?!?

-- Just make the cut

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#6 posted 08-04-2021 10:11 PM

Very nice. I like the joinery!!!!!
Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 08-05-2021 07:43 PM

Very nice!

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#8 posted 08-05-2021 07:51 PM

I’ve often said, “There’s gold in that there wood pile…”

Well done!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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