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Men's valet Chest, (Box) made from Spalted Hackberry, my own creation, I got this wood while it was still green and white from a customers property, once I got it home, I put several of the logs in my spalting pit where I nursed it for a 2 year period to get the results you see here. It has very large storage space along with the hidden compartments, trays and drawers, it has a total of 3 lift out trays a false bottom door and one hidden tray along with one hidden drawer, the top lift out tray, drawer pulls and the splines are walnut.

It measures 12" x 8" x 8" it is finished in a single coat of tung oil, wax free shellac on the end and edge grain drawers and inside of the box only as a sealer, two coats of wipe on poly satin finish and a final wipe of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

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That is some great work Mr. Randy. That spalted wood has such nice character.
 

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Thats badass! I'm inspired to clear off my table saw and make something substantial now.
EDIT: I just read about all the hidden drawers and trap doors and wormholes to alternate universes and now im REALLY impressed
 

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Another nice one. I trust these are very popular with your customers, as they certainly deserve to be.
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Thanks WR, Kaleb, Joseph and Roger,

Roger this design is popular, though it seems to be consistent, they don't remain on my shelves very long, I make two versions with this design, a 2 drawer and a 3 drawer but I plan on dabbing back into lidded boxes very soon, still have two more of these on the workbench.
 

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Funny thing is Hackberry is not popular among woodworking (large projects) or as lumber due to it's wood density, I'm not even sure how it turns in a lathe, hopefully soon we should see some turnings from other LJ's I've just sent off some spare blocks to so fellow LJ's, and you're more likely to see it wind up in landfill before on a bench but.. for the kind of stuff I make (smalls) it works great, it's vastly considered a trash tree worthless, you'd be surprised at how many once I tell them what it is the look on their face due to it's beauty.
 

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you sure do have access to some beautiful wood, i have always enjoyed the secret places and the inside rounded walls of the drawers…are you selling these to private customers or at different craft shows, or from your web site, which one seems to be the most successful…beautiful work
 

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Thanks Grizz, all of my sales are from Etsy, online and they go to anyone and everyone that they inspire, I have to say that I sell more of these open top boxes more then the lidded boxes, but.. the live edge lidded boxes do pretty well too so I'm thinking of getting back into building some of those.
 

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Great valet, Randy. I think I will really like that wood!!
 

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Another very nice looking box Randy. A person can really store allot in a box that large. Glad to hear your sales are going good on Etsy.
 

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As always, very nice job. The spalted Hackberry is very nice looking.
 

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Randy,

Looks like you're back on track. LOL!
 

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Thanks
Jim, Nikki, Larry, Monte and Tom,

Jim can't wait to see what you make from it.

Hackberry grows widely through out the USA, you all should keep your eyes peeled for it.

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Nicely done as always, and great story on your wood cure.
 

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I love this, thanks for sharing it! I've turned a couple of pens out of hackberry and it was a serious challenge to keep the blanks from blowing out. If I remember correctly I ended up having to glue pieces back on the insert in each case but the nature of the wood renders the repair more or less invisible, the did look pretty nice.
 

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Another beautiful Men's Valet Chest! Very nice work!
 

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Another winner! I have cut a lot of spalted hackberry on the mill and it sells as fast as I can cut and stack it. Not sure what people are using it for but it sure makes classy valets for you. I still haven't cut any with the brown color that yours has.
 

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Thanks John, Kevin, Tony and Andy.

Andy when I got these logs they were white as maple, Hackberry splats very fast, I put the logs under black plastic in a bed of Spalted hackberry sawdust, keeping it moist over a long period. I'm not sure what they would be using it for either as I've read it's not good as lumber or building with, it holds up fine for what I use it for.
 

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Very nice box. I've also discovered that hackberry spalts nicely.The spalting on the hackberry that I've done , seems to be even nicer than some of the maple I've spalted.
 
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