Men's Valet

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Project by SteveTaylor posted 05-14-2012 02:52 PM 2772 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my most ambitious to date. One of the nurses my wife works for was retiring, so Imade a valet for him. The wood is Padauk and Walnut, with a BLO and brush lacquer finish. I used square stock fitted onto the pillars for slides, and routed v-grooves into the sides of the drawers. The top has a Walnut inlay border, The pillars are atteched to the top and bottom with 1/2” stub tenons.

I wanted a different orientation to the grain with this one, so I edge-glued two pieces of Padauk and cut the top and drawer fronts sequentially, so the grain seems t flow across the top and down the front. I’m a littl concerned about seasonal wood movement with the grain running vertically, but since the mitered corners have a lot of long grain contact, and they’re internally splined, I hope there will not be a problem.

I designed this box using several projects that I’ve seen on the net for inspiration. I have no idea what style this would be considered. Any ideas, or should I just call it “Steve Style”? (g)


-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 03:03 PM

This is fantastic – I really like the way you made the drawers slide along the side boards. Your choices on wood, grain direction and stain make this a great project!

-- - Mike, Warrington, PA

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 03:17 PM

Thanks, I really appreciate the comments. Having seen some of the fantastic work on this site, I was hesitant at posting my work. This was only my third box that I attempted, and the most ambitious. I heard a lot of advice about startng small, getting good at the findamentas, but I figured “what the heck” and went for it…

BTW, no stain. The wood is Padauk, finishied only with oil and lacquer. The oil really brought out the crimson wood and chocolate graining, whic (I think) accented the Walnut well.


-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 04:35 PM

Nice design, beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 09:42 PM

This has a really gr8 look to it. I like that you ran the grain north to south, I’ll say. And, the wood combos fit very well together. It looks very kool!

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

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 10:18 PM

way to finish the project with a great sheen to it and i love the drawer slide amazing work!

-- Dempsey, Ohio

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 10:33 PM

Very cool, love the finish

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 11:02 PM

That is a very cool box. I really like the way you used the square pieces to make the drawer slides. That is a very interesting and unique feature. Well done!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 02:14 AM

Here’s a short list of what you could call it:
Well Designed
I’ll leave it to the rest of the LJs to finish the list.


-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 02:31 AM

Very interesting design. Pleasing colors and shapes.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 04:16 PM

Thanks for all the great comments, I really appreciate it. Iwas trying to figure out how to attach the drawer slides to the uprights. Then I got the idea of using the miter key jig that I used on my first box and a spacer to nibble out the recess. I just set the height of the blade to take the cut to the side corner, the set a spacer block to the right width and nibbled out the recess. A little chisel work to make it snug.

To get the spacing right, I dry assembled the unit andput the drawers in place. Then just tapped the slides up and down to get the srawer reveal even, made a mark, then set them in with glue. THe fit was tight enout that I didn’t have to worry about them sliding out of place while the glue set.

-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 01:59 AM

Looks really nice, that finish came out spectacular.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#12 posted 05-16-2012 06:23 PM

Nice done and a Cool gift. WOn´t disappoint

As to the design, is called Pagoda style. A post by other LJ

He said the plans were from Woodcraft

-- Back home. Fernando

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 02:51 AM


Whatever the style, I like it. One Oriental concept you certainly applied is Occum’s Razor which says, “The simplest is best.” The drawer slides, and side insets are a great concept for this adaptation. I’m sure your hard work and thoughtfulness will be appreciated. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing; you’ve got an eye for it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 02-27-2013 03:25 PM

Well done. That walnut really compliments the paduak

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#15 posted 02-27-2013 04:21 PM

A really unique project the wood is beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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