Mens Valet Box With Lots of Parts, Cypress and Wenge.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 10-18-2013 04:15 PM 14865 views 44 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another new and I think improved design on my men’s valet boxes, (Bandsaw box on the inside, normal joinery on the outside) I was going for a more modern look from my previous boxes them having the rustic appearance, wood used for this project is Cypress, Wenge and Alder for the core, I like to use alder for my core as it’s inexpensive and easy to work, once again I optioned drawer front slabs taking the place of bandsaw cut drawer fronts which gives the box a much cleaner look, this box features lots of parts and can almost be confusing for a new owner, it’d most certainly need instructions to go with it, the body of the box is cypress with the drawer pulls, keys, trim and the top lift out tray being wenge, instead of butt joints this box incorporates mitered keyed joints, also another first in drawer fronts being mitered as well, I added the top trim for that added touch and a lift out tray on top. This box offers three nice sized drawers a small lift out tray along with two more large trays a hidden drawer, one of the trays being a hidden tray and a hidden compartment.

To access the hidden drawer once you pull out the bottom left drawer and turn it around it reveals the hidden drawer, to access the hidden compartment and tray, you lift out the top tray then using the small lift out tray from the top drawer it acts as the key to opening the false bottom door revealing the hidden tray, by lifting out that tray it in return reveals the hidden compartment.

This box is finished in a single coat of tung oil, a single coat of shellac, two coats of wipe on poly satin finish and a final coat of paste wax, I added felt to the top left side of the tray along with felt on the bottom of the box for protection of furniture, measurements are 11 1/2” L x 8” H x 7 1/2” D

Due to all the parts involved I wasn’t able to get all photos above so I added the rest below along with some pic of items placed inside of the box.

This picture below showing the hidden lift out tray once the false bottom door has been removed.

This pic shows the hidden compartment

Pictures below showing what the box looks like filled with items.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-18-2013 04:24 PM

Great job as always. I love how you try to never make two alike. Makes it special for the customer.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 04:26 PM

That is so very nice and unique! You should not discount all the jewelry a woman could store in there as well. :)


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#3 posted 10-18-2013 04:31 PM

Thanks Monte and Shannon.

Ya know Shannon I never though about that, I guess it could be for all genders, though I have a question, since the bottom half of the box isn’t felted would that be an issue for jewelry?

-- 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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#4 posted 10-18-2013 04:35 PM

Absolutely outstanding—a great job! You, sir, elevate your craft with each posting! Very impressive! Nieman Marcus watch out.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 04:44 PM

Another great box, Randy! You sure have a ton of designs!! You must always be thinking about new ones!!


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

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 04:54 PM

Randy…that is awesome…! All of the hidden compartments add such a unique character to it. You most certainly have come up with some great designs combining bandsaw and mitered boxes.

Someone will most certainly buy it at your next show…!

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 05:41 PM

Wow a real beauty! Great job all the way around on this!

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

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 05:45 PM

Very nice.
I especailly enjoy the continuous grain pattern across the front.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 10-18-2013 05:45 PM

Very elegant and intricate, great work

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 05:59 PM

I really like the design and details. Awesome job.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#11 posted 10-18-2013 06:03 PM

That’s really cool. I dig the hidden drawer.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#12 posted 10-18-2013 06:04 PM

Very very nice!!!! The hidden compartments are great. Top notch craftsmanship! The contrasting colors are fantastic as well as the design. Great work!!!!!!!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#13 posted 10-18-2013 07:46 PM

This is seriously cool…..nice design, looks great…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 10-18-2013 08:08 PM

Yea Randy, I like the clean lines on this box. Nice selection of wood as well. I have made about 5 of your sleigh design but not into BS boxes. Will post when the finish drys.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#15 posted 10-18-2013 08:09 PM

Very nice Valet Randy… really like the contrasting woods and that sneaky little drawer at the back of the bottom drawer…Excellent stuff.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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