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Pictured are two which I refer to as Hybrids these are my own design in which I've combined bandsaw box with Mitered splined joinery, the inner part of the box is a bandsaw box and the outter is mitered, these are open top men's valet boxes with drawers, both have two hidden compartments, false bottom doors and hidden drawers along with lift out trays, they consist of a bunch of parts and surely need instructions for operation to access the hidden compartments, the small lift out tray is the key to opening the false bottom door located on top under the large tray by way of magnets.

Wood The inside of both boxes I used knotty Alder, the box on the left is wrapped in Dark Texas Walnut with Texas Cedar Elm for the drawer pulls and splines, the box on the right is Texas Cedar Elm with Wenge for the drawer pulls and the splines, both of these outer woods the Dark Walnut and the Cedar Elm fell to the blade of my chainsaw, the Dark Walnut had been dead standing for many years the Cedar Elm for a couple few years.

Both boxes I've also added a dark brown felt to line the drawers and the top left stationary trays, and they both have access to phone charging by simply draping the cord over the top edge.

Finishing Since the Dark Walnut had been dead for so long it didn't take to finish very well in that the dryness allowed the finish to soak into the wood, the Cedar Elm not as bad, What I did to solve this problem was I first added a single coat of Tung Oil and a quick wipe, I then follow up with a single coat of non-waxed Shellac to seal the wood, and then a single coat of a 50/50 mix of wipe-on poly my mixture satin blend and a last and final coat of paste wax.

Both boxes measure 12" L x 6" H x 7 3/4" D both have very large storage compartments, the hidden compartment can even house a pocket sized and some of the compact size hand guns along with clip and ammo.

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Nice design Randy! I like them both. The lighter Valet Box would go well in my bedroom.
 

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Very nice as always. I like the darker one, but both are good.
 

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Think you got it down! Is that a Rolex? :)
 

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Very attractive and nicely done-as always. Also, great photography-congratulations.
 

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Fantastic as usual Randy! The woods used have a gorgeous grain and the finish looks great! Keep up the GREAT work.
 

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The design is great and I especially like the miter corners on the drawers. That is a very nice touch -
 

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Simply unbelievable in every aspect - concept, execution, wood choice, finish, etc!
 

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Thanks Tony, yea I kind of favor the lighter one too,

Thanks Monte Thomas, Rolex? I wish LOL but that box would be happy to have one in it :), Thanks John, Gary, Dick and WNC.
 

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That's pretty cool stuff there! Very nice design, and beautifully executed!
 

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Awesome as always Randy.. I have a Rolex also…but they spell it Timex…
 

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Thanks DB

Thanks Greg, ya know they spelled my wrong too, Fossil is how they spelled mine. (Shrugs)
 

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I think you've perfected your box style Randy. These are fantastic! The splines going through the corner of the box and drawer is a great look.
 

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Randy, it has been fun to watch this form grow and evolve. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. I think you have pretty well perfected the idea of a Hybrid Box. I like the rounded edges, finish, splines, magnetic "key" to the hidden space, access to the open top, variety of internal spaces, combining bandsaw drawers with jointed outside frames, and your choices of woods.

I also noticed that your postings have become more attractive to readers like me. Your use of bold type, organized information, internal photos, and better quality lighting give your work and postings more eye appeal. So, it is not just the boxes themselves that have evolved.

Question: how do you make the false splines that are not connected…the ones on the front of the drawer? I see that they match nicely on the corners and are trimmed to 45 degrees.
 

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Thanks Tom and Charles

Thanks Big Al for this nice words and compliments, The process I use here I first measure the panels to size then cut the miters on all sides, the front panel I measure to allow for the overlays then cut the slabs out for the drawer fronts, then I add a 1/16" spacer inside the housing the drawers are then set on top of the spacers so the protrude out of the housing just a tad so I'm sure to make a good glue connection, the slabs are then glued to the front of the drawers, once they are dried I removed the spacers stick the drawers back in and tape with painters tape across the front of the drawer fronts securing them to the front of the box then off to the table saw for the spline cuts, I have to cut extra splines for the drawers, I use a dermel to sand them down what the bandsaw doesn't get.
 

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Great as always Randy, you took this system from original art and nailed it down to a science. personally, I favor the lighter of the two.

On a side note, I wish you could add polls to posts. Like "which do you prefer?" to see what the majority says. Not that it matters to the poster, but it could be kind of cool to see the results!
 

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Both are nice (can't say I like one better than the other).
 

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Thanks a bunch Tooch and Andy
 

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Nice pair of boxes Randy.
I have enjoyed the evolution of this design and it is becoming a more and more interesting design .
Nice touch with the splines continuing into the drawer fronts ,very well done !
 

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Man, those are even more clever than they are attractive. Did you design them that way from the beginning, or did it evolve a bit?
 
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