Jewelry or Valet Box? Who knows...

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

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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!