Three In A Row, Mens' Valet With Wooden Hinges And Charging Ports

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Project by Blackie_ posted 01-08-2014 02:08 PM 3929 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shown are three boxes, all with open ports on the back for charging cords to pass through, the first box is made from Texas Cedar Elm with Walnut used for the wooden hinges, splines and the lid, the second is Zebra also using Walnut for the hinges, the splines and the lid, the third is Cherry with Mahogany for the hinges, keys and the lid, the method I used for building the lids is from an article I picked up from Fine Woodworking Magazine the method is fairly quick and simple, once you have your measurements using your table saw, lifting the 1/8” blade up to around 3/16” – 1/4” depending on the thickness of your side walls then gap the fence from the blade the width of the blade which would be 1/8” taking the side walls top facing the fence pass all four sides through the blade creating a kerf on each wall, the lid panel is cut to size and 1/2” thickness, it’s passed through the blade up on edge all four sides are also kerfed so that when it’s fitted into the wall panels it over laps at the top hiding any and all gaps giving it a raised panel lid. I cut out an oval slot on the rear of each box 1/2” x 1” for a charging cable to pass through. The trays are all bandsaw trays from scrap alder blocks, I used K Presto Felt which has an adhesive backing which for me eliminates the messy flocking and toxic glue fumes, the bottoms of each box, I used cereal box cardboard then wrapped regular felt and scotch taped to the back side of the cardboard also cut to fit the bottoms of each box.

Each box tells it’s own story, from a rustic appearance to a modern appearance, the Texas Cedar Elm I cut with chainsaw the rest was acquired from lumber yard.

More added Pictures below.

Each box measures in the following order posted

12” x 7” 4 1/2”
10” x 7” x 5”
11” 7” x 5”

All were finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on satin poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and all comments are 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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#1 posted 01-08-2014 02:47 PM

Those are some very well done boxes. A good mixture of different woods and nice looking hinges. What is the intended purpose of the box with the open port hole in the back?

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

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#2 posted 01-08-2014 03:12 PM

Thanks Dave, if you scroll down through the other pictures it reveals the charging cable coming through the rear of the box for charging smart phones, etc…

-- 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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#3 posted 01-08-2014 03:14 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 04:45 PM


Now thinking outside and inside the box. Steps in your journey. Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-08-2014 05:43 PM

Looking real good Randy…Those should sell easily.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 06:51 PM

Very nicely done with great wood display.

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

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 08:59 PM


As a long time fan of your work, interesting to watch the development of your box making. Well done!

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 09:01 PM

Beautiful work Randy! My favorite is the zebra and walnut box. A very classy looking wood combination.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 09:05 PM

They are great looking boxes, Blackie.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 10:37 PM

Very nice like always, Randy. Like the charge port hole.

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

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 10:56 PM

Excellent work as usual Randy! You are definitely the master of valet boxes!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 11:52 PM

Great looking valet boxes! I like walnut, and mahogany, and…. Heck, I like ‘em all!

I think with smart phones as ubiquitous as they are these days, it makes a lot of sense to allow for phone charging while the phone is stowed in the box. That way, it’s ready to go in the morning, and has a place to rest in the evening.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 01-09-2014 12:01 AM

Blackie, this is your usual fine work. I thought you would band saw the sliding tray. The zebrawood is a great look. I think these will sell well; they do for me. I like that your valets have a masculine feel about them as they should. I think that comes from using darker woods. Of course I would round more edges, but that is just me.

I would think about buying some of those stick-on rubber bumpers to hold the sliding tray away from the end walls of your box, so you don’t hear the clang as it goes back and forth. It is just a small extra touch. I usually run a pin nail through mine so they don’t fall off. HD has some clear bumpers about 1/4 inch in diameter that work nicely. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 12:23 AM

I want to thank each and everyone of you for your great comments, Big Al normally I would round the corners but I wanted to get these out quick plus also keeping the cost down.

-- 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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#15 posted 01-09-2014 12:31 AM

We’ll funny you mention the bumpers Big Al that gave me an idea I have small scrap pieces of the adhesive felt that I could cut into squares once it’s stuck it stays batter then the rubber bumpers do.

-- 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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