Man's Valet

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Project by PetVet posted 03-08-2012 03:15 PM 2160 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make my father something for his 90th birthday, and trust me, at 90 he has one of everything. I came up with this idea to make a desk top valet. I used bubinga wood, routed out the tray using an MDF template I made, routed some mortises to receive tenons I left on the side panels of the box, and then banded it with some ebony and ivory banding. I had planed to use some Brusso hidden hinges, but they called for 3/4 inch mortices in both the lid and the sides, and I didn’t have that depth available in the lid, so went with more traditional hinges that I already had. Another option, and a better one, would have been some barrel hinges. Finish is amber shellac, BLO, and wax.
I would appreciate any comments, critiques or advise, especially on hidden hinge selection, as I am not a big fan of exposed hinges. I need to learn to make the wooden hinges that Shipwright makes.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 03:22 PM

Looks incredible, great idea.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 03:24 PM

what a great gift
for the man that has everything

a son that cares
that takes the time to show it

and an inviting valet
for his personals
like glasses and
a spare set of teeth lol

nice work


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 03:40 PM

Very manly.

Butt hinges, mounted on the inside is another option.

Old school Dad will think the one’s you did look just fine…..................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 03:40 PM

Very cool
design Rich
looking valet.

and nice

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 03:41 PM

A great present for someone who has everything! Hidden hinge would look really neat on a small box like this one. Pin hinges are unobtrusive and work well on small pieces.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 03:49 PM

Great job. A real beauty!!!!

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

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 05:50 PM

very nice. love the design

-- "If one man can do it, another man can"

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 05:59 PM

Very nice. I bet Dad loved it.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 12:04 AM

Nice job! I guess that’s one great advantage of being 90- you do have at least one of everything!
The ebony/ivory inlay, was it one piece or three?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 01:46 AM

Too nice to use.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 05:00 AM

Very nice design and great workmanship. Well done.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 07:45 PM

Love it, very nicely made. He’ll be thrilled

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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