A Pekovich tea box

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Blog series by metolius updated 12-25-2018 07:56 PM 7 parts 4740 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Pekovich's tea box

12-19-2018 12:00 AM by metolius | 3 comments »

When I may say I like wood working, people ask what I make, and I usually say that I am getting my shop together and I make a lot of shop stuff. This is really about how little time I have had for creative shop work this past year. Pending Christmas, I decided that it was time, and I was willing, to spend substantial time in the shop with a deadline.. This summer’s FW issue covered Pekovich’s tea box. I ha...

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Part 2: ~

12-20-2018 01:21 AM by metolius | 0 comments »

Quite a bit more work was put in this morning on the inset pieces. After choosing grain pattern and rough sizing parts, I routed the 90* grooves for the dividers on the table saw sled. I have a setup here that I haven’t seen in many places. My BT3100 has a left wing router which is so snug that the sled rides over it. Some time ago, I took advantage of this to use the sled for easy finger joint indexing on the router. Since, it has been a pretty super feature for quick and con...

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Part 3: base and clasp

12-20-2018 07:46 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

The base and and clasp are simple segments of 1/2×5/8 wenge. The 2 parts of the clasp are drawn together with 2 pairs of neodymium magnets. In the FW article, Pekovich used 1/4 dia magnets, but I could only find 8mm. They are inset under a thin veneer within 21/64 holes. Lengthwise holes are drilled for a cord. After glue dried, I let the magnets naturally align to each other then clamped them in this position to flush the faces with a block plane. Dados for the base pedestal w...

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Part 4: near the last chicane

12-21-2018 09:59 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

All parts are made and the inner box parts are lined up and taped for gluing. At this point, I can only hope that it will fit when its done. But, I am pretty sure that it won’t. Considering that yesterday I found the wenge box was tweaked a hair from square, I am sure to have a small battle ahead to get it together. As I think of it now, It may have been better to glue the inner box in place as a final step. Its too late to reasonably change this order of work now. I&...

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Part 5: wire brushing

12-22-2018 05:49 AM by metolius | 2 comments »

In Pekovich’s FW article, his latest variation was wire-brushed wenge. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn detail of his technique, but I tried what seemed reasonable. When I started the project I tried wire-brushing the wenge after I had finished planing. This seemed to do nothing for bring out the grain of the wood. I thought that perhaps my wire-brush was of an inadequate type. Now that the box was constructed, I needed to do something with the finish. I laid on a ...

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Part 6: cording

12-23-2018 08:43 AM by metolius | 2 comments »

Pekovich recommended binding the rope with twist ties at the top and bottom edges to mark for cording. This worked fine. After verifying that the tension, the clasp function, and securing the rope length to the base, I removed the base from the box and it corded up quickly. A few quick passes with a plumbers torch burned off the jute twine hairs and I was back to pondering the inner parts. The box glue up tweaked the corners from square about a hair above a 1/32 on the short side....

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Part 7: completion

12-25-2018 07:56 PM by metolius | 0 comments »

A detail of the base and lower cord attachment. It uses one cord with the two ends fixed with a wedge-peg to secure it to the base. The proportions of the tea box are beautiful. The design establishes a very contemplative composure. All of the good looks found here should be credited to Pekovich’s thoughtful design development. The final steps involved a couple coats of wipe-on poly to on the internal parts followed by a buffing of Bri-Wax to a buttery smooth finish. ...

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