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Men's Valet for Father's Day

I decided to try my hand again at box making but this time I wanted to do something much more subtle. My other pieces have all had stark contrasts in colors of wood and this time I wanted the colors (and therefore the eye) to flow more consistently without the "BAM" factor. This time I used complementary colors that were close enough to blend without being distracting, but contrast enough to make an impact for someone who knows about woodworking (my dad does). Check out the lid for the two subtle stripes.

I made this out of oak and cherry and I still need to put the hinges on the lid. I expect to get that done tonight. Thanks for looking!





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nice, got a really warm rich colour, finished with poly or laquer?
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I like it, Good job.
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nice, got a really warm rich colour, finished with poly or laquer?
Thanks! I finished this with two coats of danish oil and then poly. It's not quite as shiny as the pics make it out to be, it was just under bright lights. I'll see about getting better pics later.

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Very nice... I've always been a huge fan of cherry.
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Great work, TaylorMade!

Love the biscuit joints. Nice touch.

Say, which did you do first...the mitering, or the biscuit cuts? The edges look really neat!

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Great work, TaylorMade!

Love the biscuit joints. Nice touch.

Say, which did you do first...the mitering, or the biscuit cuts? The edges look really neat!
I assume you mean the key splines that join the mitres, right? I mitred and glued the corners first and then cut the splines in a jig. Cut off the excess with the band saw and sanded them flush.

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I assume you mean the key splines that join the mitres, right? I mitred and glued the corners first and then cut the splines in a jig. Cut off the excess with the band saw and sanded them flush.
Ahhh. Key splines, yes! Couldn't remember what they were called. That order makes a lot of sense!

I was thinking that if you cut the notches in the boards with a table saw first, the edges would likely chip when mitering. Plus there's the alignment nightmare. Good job!

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Very handsome box Taylormade, I'm sure your dad loves it. I agree with your assesment on the mixing contrasting woods, but I just can't stop myself usually.

What type of hinges are you using for the lid?

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Wow, this one is fantastic. I really like how the lid has that one chamfer in the front. Those dados for the compartment seperators look flawless. Fantastic work as usual

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Thanks everyone! I used barrel hinges since they were the easiest to install. Kenbo, here's a shot of it pre-dry fit since you noticed the dados. Thanks!


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