Tea Box

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Project by CanadaJeff posted 06-11-2009 03:09 AM 2393 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a family member who is a tea drinker and going through a pretty stressful time at the moment. I’m currently into making boxes so I thought a nice tea box filled with her favourite tea would be a relaxing cure!

This is a box that expanded my woodworking repertoire just a little more. It’s the first time I started designing details into the project myself with the oak curve (a lesson in learning about French curves) and a rudimentary attempt a steam bending to bend the Oak without breaking it.

The box itself is made of walnut sides and lid, with the curve on the lid and the dividers in the box made of Red Oak. The floating bottom is made of 1/4 inch Baltic Birch Ply. The hardware is two decorative stop hinges from Lee Valley, and a 1/8 inch magnet as a lid catch (I recently posted about my experiences on this magnet on the forum). The finish is an Oil based Poly.

Comments and critiques are appreciated.

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#1 posted 06-11-2009 03:35 AM

great build… i like the oak curve. i like giving something to family and friends

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 05:04 AM

Very nice box! I like the design and the use of the contrasting wood inlay. Looks to me like it will certainly be appreciated and should serve the intended purpose, of relieving some stress. Congratulations again on a project well thought out and accomplished to perfection!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 06:28 AM

nice tea box well done


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#4 posted 09-03-2009 03:06 AM

Simple and beautiful. Can you give us more details on how you did that oak curve. Is the walnut top, two different pieces as it seems to be. I’m such a newbie! But I really want to get into boxes.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#5 posted 09-03-2009 11:20 PM

I cut the walnut top to size and than used a french curve to make a smooth curve, after which I used a jig saw to cut the top along the curve.

I steamed the oak, put glue on the edge of the curve and sandwiched the oak between the two pieces of walnut. After the glued dried, I planed the wood.

Hope that helps

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