Tea Canister from recovered lumber

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Project by Nick_R posted 03-16-2015 06:01 PM 2097 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was able to recover a floor joist from the old courthouse in Clearwater that was under some renovation. It is old growth southern pine and the joist was 18” x 2” x 12’

I only have about 3 feet and have made some other projects with the old pine but this one is my favorite.

I took the board and cut 1” strips then made 22.5 degree cuts so then they are assembled end to end they create a circle. 4 layers of circles then the top and bottom were from 4” x 4” x 2” piece that i turned to size and split. (one for the top and one for the bottom)

The lid is concave with a bloodwood button in the middle. Also the lid is ridged around the outside diameter so you can easily remove the top.

It is a tight fit and should be relatively air tight. Finished with a french polish.

I really like using old lumber or recovered wood. This wood came out of the trash pile!!

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 10:38 PM

That’s the nicest “Trashy” Tea Canister I’ve ever seen! The Pine Graining is beautiful! Thanks for all of the construction detail also. WE appreciate that.

Well done Nick!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 11:21 PM

great segmented turning. I like the deeply contrasting colours in the pine grain and how each segment is widely different.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 10:43 AM

I like your turning. Being a Fl cracker lightered wood is a welcome and pretty sight. That stuff can be a bear to turn, seems to grab the gouge and pull it in. Good job.


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#4 posted 03-17-2015 12:09 PM

This stuff is hard as nails. I used alot of steel turning it. The courthouse was built around the turn of the 20th century and I believe the wood was harvested and milled locally.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#5 posted 03-17-2015 06:37 PM

Perfectly used old wood. Nice cup.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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