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Project by Blackie_ posted 04-11-2014 07:26 PM 2556 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I may have already mentioned that this box design is a very popular design and has done well for me, this is just one out of the three that I started on the workbench.

The wood I used in making this box is Arizona Ash, but.. only with my special touch did it come out looking the way it does, I found several of these logs laying curb side ready for land fill still green, I picked them up and tossed them in the back of my truck, this was a few years back, once I got them home, I placed several of them in my spalting pile, there they sat for right around 2 years and this was the outcome I created with the effort of my nurturing them, keeping them covered with black plastic and keeping them moist with the water hose.

Arizona Ash, back in the 80s in the area I live in became popular around the neighborhoods as it provided fast growth along with shade but little did builders know they are notorious for cracking foundations, they have a top ground root system thus they stopped planting them long ago but are deemed a trash tree with a life span of around 20 years, so these days I’m always on the prowl when large brush pick up from the city comes around.

This is a lidless box, the outer walls are Spalted Arizona Ash with Walnut used for the splines, drawer pulls and the lift out tray on top the inner part of the box is made from alder, it has three large drawers with open top trays, three lift out trays, one large tray is hidden under a false bottom door that is access by the smaller tray in the lower right drawer of the box by way of magnets, once the large hidden tray is remove it reveals yet another large hidden area, the top left drawer has a hidden drawer in the back of it.

Measurements are 12” x 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, 2 coats (my mix) wipe on poly satin finish and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking 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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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 07:32 PM

Nice box Randy and good story on the wood!!

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

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 08:46 PM

Nice to see it finished, Randy. The face of the box sure has a beautiful grain pattern – nice job selecting it. Plenty of hiding places for some gold pieces in this one. :-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 08:55 PM

very nice, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 09:21 PM

Ah yea Randy, that is really nice. You sure have taken the men’s valet box to a new level…makes my little boxes look…well, little. Not sure I want to post pictures of the one’s I have made.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 11:06 PM

Good job sir. It’s become a classic style.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 11:38 PM

Blackie, your box style is wonderful. I like the matching pull and lifts for the tray. Nice touch. The spalting is beautiful. Have you had problems with cracking or warping as the material continues to dry? I certainly am a fan of your work and always look forward to your posts.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 11:42 PM

you did really well in scarfing up the logs when you saw them, beautiful wood, great design you have going, im glad your finding success, that always makes me happy know woodworkers are doing well with their craft…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 11:51 PM

Thanks all for the wonderful comments.

Larry don’t cut your self short your skills are great.

Big Al I’ve had some issues with warping, splitting and cracking but not a whole lot.

-- 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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Dan P

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#9 posted 04-12-2014 02:09 AM

Very nice box, and very functional. The wood is beautiful and I like the curved bottom tray a lot.

-- Daniel P

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#10 posted 04-12-2014 02:48 AM

Nice looking lumber you used on this one and not letting it go to the landfill and drying and spalting it gave some beautiful look .
That box design gets better and better and hides many secrets within no wonder it is a popular item .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 04-12-2014 02:50 AM

Thanks Kiefer and Dan

-- 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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#12 posted 04-12-2014 10:24 AM

Another great box Randy. Always look forward to seeing what you come up with in style changes with them.
Great stuff ….

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

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#13 posted 04-13-2014 09:43 AM

Very nice and creative project!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#14 posted 04-30-2014 01:17 PM

Hey…........this looks exactly the same…...................only, different

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

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#15 posted 04-30-2014 02:23 PM

Kind of like your pens huh Roger? LOL

-- 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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