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Pictured Men's Valet Box with a phone charging cable port located in the read of the box, this is another new design I have included into my boxes as I've had customers ask if I have phone charging capability, this seems to be a popular trend these days.

The wood I used in the project is a wood that I've not yet worked with, I got this Arizona Ash from the local neighborhood as it lay on the curb side waiting for land fill, I grabbed several large logs and placed them in my spalting pile, they have been in there for just over a year when I took one of the logs and sliced it up into portions for box making then stickered them for a few months, little did I know it would come out looking the way it does, I'm quite pleased that I picked up the logs, what I got out was a bit of spalting along with some curl, they still had a moisture content of 22 % when I worked them and there might be a slight bow on the face board I just hope the box holds up. I used walnut for the splines, the lid lift and the wooden hinges.

The box measures 12" x 4 1/2" x 7" and is finished with a single coat of tung oil, two coats of my own mix of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

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

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Randy,
Nice work. Really nice use of the wood. And, a very tasteful design. The wood hinges fit in well, and the color is a perfect complement to the rest of the box. Some of the best custom gun stock makers have the ability to "see" what kind of a stock a particular gun "wants". And the pairing makes for something special. You did a similar thing here. I like it a lot.
Roger
 

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wow randy, you did an awesome job with some beautiful wood, its a great box , very nice job, i really like the ability to store and charge the cell phone there, excellent.
 

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Fantastic work !....The ash is beautifully figured. The walnut complements the ash nicely.
 

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Hi Randy,

Sweet Box, very clean and crisp, the Arizona Ash has a very beautiful grain pattern. You did a superb job on the inside and outside of this box!
 

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Great job. I love the wood.
 

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Hi Randy
That is a nice design you come up with and the Arizona ash is just gorges .
I like the clean setup as every thing is nicely enclosed inside the box .
 

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Thanks Roger, Grizzman, KDC, Dennis, Monte and Kiefer I've never planed a project by writing down on paper or making a sketch on the computer, I get an idea of what I want to do then get work the rest comes to me on the work bench as I go along.

The lid was actually supposed to be a raised panel bevel edge but due to the slight bow it had in it when I started beveling the edges on the router table they didn't come out even so I wand up planning it down to become a flat panel which looks as though I meant for that design :)
 

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yea randy, that is how most of my work happens, and i love doing it that way…keep at it…
 

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Opps looks like I have my spelling backwards, planned is planed and planed is planned if that makes since :)
 

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It would have been a shame for that wood to go to the landfill. Nice save. Eexcellent choice of wood. Superb! Start to finish!
 

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Very nice. This type of box is my favorite build. Rescue work, I think, is the most rewarding. I too just finished a rescue piece. Love the design; the charging access is a perfect addition to a valet.
 

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Nice one Randy!!...................Jim
 

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Blackie, I like the functional design you have used here. The recharging station concept works and is simple. This look is neat and clean. The grain, spaulting, and curl give this a really attractive and special appeal. Nice work.
 

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Very nice job. That is some excellent looking wood with a lot of character.
 

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Awesome…such a nice design and use of salvaged wood…I can even see the figure of the cat in photo #4.
 

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Very nice work and beautiful grained wood.
 

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Great job. I really like the charger being incorporated into the box
 

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Very Nice Work indeed Randy!! Wood Pattern looks really Good.

What's That??? Oh …... Your Phones Ringing!!

Had a Look See at Your Facebook Album. FANTASTIC Selection of Beautifully Made Art/Woodwork!

After MUCH Deliberation ................ This Is My Favorite.

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Thanks Gary and Jombojack, I took a look at your project very nice,

Thanks Jim, Big Al, Andy and Greg I went back and viewed #4 and made the cat, I need to start looking deeper into figures like this thanks for bringing it to surface.

Thanks Dave, Hoss and Rick only down fall to that wine rack was the waste in making it, even though I can salvage cut outs by making more bandsaw boxes out of them, they just aren't selling, this one has found a new home :) thanks.
 

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Thought I'd share my spalting process for those that might be interested.

I located a corner of my lot away from everything, laid the logs in a vertical position on the ground about 5" apart, using the already spalted shavings from some other spalted woods after planing, I let the shavings fall to the floor of the shop then picked them up and used those shavings by pouring thickly around all of the logs up to 10" deep covered the logs with black plastic and keeping them moist with a water hose about once a week. Depending on dryness and the species will make a difference in the spalting time.

If I'm not mistaking there are some species that won't spalt, that part I am still learning.
 
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