David E.
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Jewelry or Valet Box? Who knows...

This project started with a piece of walnut plywood scrap about 5" wide and 48" long. I knew I wanted to make a box from it, but didn’t really have a plan beyond that. i worked on it 20 minutes here, 30 minutes there every few nights after the kids were in bed and my homework was completed, using up scraps that I had been holding onto for too long.
All the maple used in this were from incorrectly sized doors from a few years ago that I’d been holding onto for who knows what. The walnut was from the same project the plywood came from, ripped from a board for edging on a shelf, and the walnut bottoms on the trays were from a short cutoff I had in the bin.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with the way it ended up turning out, even though the trays and the false bottom were all afterthoughts, and even though I sanded through the walnut veneer on the one side.

I hadn’t done a project with no purpose in mind in a long time, and I found the experience to be freeing. I finished this one with salad bowl finish, just because I had it on hand. The only thing purchased for this were the magnets for the false bottom and the hinges.

As always, thanks for looking, and have a great day / night!

It’s a fine jewelry box /valet.

I don’t know the difference either.
Lucky you can work after they go to sleep. It’s not in my contract.

Why the false bottom?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

“Why the false bottom?” – I don’t know…why not? Honestly, at one point in time, I thought I was going to make a tea box. But then I thought the box was too deep for that, so I thought, well…I could add a false bottom. Then I thought, why a false bottom on a tea box? In the end, I did it just because I wanted to. Someone could hide their alternate passport and some foreign currency in there, or something!

Thanks David.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Beautiful box. Love the little walnut splines in the trays. False bottoms are always a good thing. You can keep those really rare teas there.

-- -- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

I like it and your approach of making it from what you had on hand and the design changes .
It’s all good and it will find it’s purpose just like the material that it’s made from and you had fun building it and thats what matters !


Very nice work great box.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

It must have been very fun just going with the flow seeing what turns out to be a fantastic set. You defiantly have great skills and this is one of my favourite box sets, great work David.

-- CHRIS, Charlottetown PEI Canada. Anytime you can repurpose, reuse, or recycle, everyone wins!