Boxguy Joins Some Bees and Honey

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Project by Boxguy posted 12-23-2015 05:24 AM 3253 views 14 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for looking and a special thanks to all of you who take the time to pass on comments. It is exchanging ideas and techniques is what makes postings fun for me to do. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Pictured: A hexagonal tea box (10” x 5 1/2” x 5”) with Australian Bee’s Wing Eucalyptus corner splines and top. The sides are made from a Honey Locust tree that grew in Southern Indiana. Hence, the bees and honey title.

Features: This hexagonal tea box features a tri-part finger lift, mortised continuous steel hinge with a 95 degree stop, 9 pockets for teabags and sweeteners, corner splines, an attached top, inset bottom, and dividers made of Venetian blinds. Tutorials for making all of these features are found in the topic index at the end of this post. Just click on the indexed topics below for more information

Woods: Eucalyptus with this bee’s wing grain pattern is amazing.

If you look at this wood on a large computer screen, you can see some of the three layers of pattern. There is a grain running left to right. Then there is a speckled layer of shimmering colors, and finally there are the angled striations that seem to lie on top of everything. In strong light, this wood is stunningly beautiful. I have tried my best, but the photos here do not do this wonderful wood justice. Honey Locust with its slight yellow hue, and simpler grain pattern seemed the perfect foil for the complexities of eucalyptus.

Story: I have a loyal customer who is very definite about what she likes and doesn’t like. I admire her for being very choosy. When she buys my work, it makes me feel that I have earned my money. I wanted to make her a tea box that would impress her. I’ll know after Christmas if I have succeeded.

Edited Comment:

The customer was thrilled with this tea box. She thanked me repeatedly and even gave me a hug and kiss on the cheek. I can chalk this one up as a success.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic. They start with the topics that are the most basic to making boxes.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music boxes
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Tips for making music boxes
Building a simple marble game
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
Teaching Boxmaking

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 12-23-2015 07:20 AM

Stunningly beautiful. Love the thumb recess.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#2 posted 12-23-2015 07:32 AM


You’re getting inspired in your boxing! I like it!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-23-2015 10:37 AM

Never saw that kind of wood. Beautiful work.

-- CaptFerd

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#4 posted 12-23-2015 10:51 AM

Things are with great result if you crafted ideas with heart, just like this unique artwork.

-- ""

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#5 posted 12-23-2015 12:32 PM


Cali’s Dad, thanks. Bee’s Wing Eucalyptus is really gorgeous stuff. I liked the furniture you posted. Especially the trestle table.

Doc, it is easy to get inspired when you have a beautiful piece of wood that you feel you have to live up to. Good to hear from you, as always. There is not much wabi-sabi here.

Captain Ferd., thanks. I am not sure where I could get another piece of this wood. It came to me as a scrap from a company that builds cabinetry for private jets.

Trevor, welcome to Lumber Jocks. I do indeed get satisfaction from doing a job well, and I do care about the boxes i craft. I am blessed to have tools that can turn a weathered, silvered, warped board into a beautiful shining box. It always seems like magic to me.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-23-2015 01:28 PM

Very nice and inspiring. You got a lot of character from the locust wood which tends to be both brittle and difficult to maintain color integrity. Special. However, I wonder how well the teas stay separated in their little cubby holes.

-- Whatever

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#7 posted 12-23-2015 01:30 PM

I realy like the outside shape of it. It’s so unique and non usual.Those long splines look great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-23-2015 01:33 PM

I really like the angles on the front. The wood is awesome.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-23-2015 01:38 PM

Nice one Al. That is some interesting wood. You really did it justice. The new owner should be thrilled to receive this beautiful box!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 12-23-2015 01:42 PM

I really enjoy looking at all your work. Excellent job!!! I like your choices for the woods.

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#11 posted 12-23-2015 02:34 PM

Awesome looking box Al. Excellent choice of wood with a nice design. How could anyone not like it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 12-23-2015 03:46 PM

Al that box is beautiful and I love the design. Thanks for the list of tutorials.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 12-23-2015 03:47 PM

That is a beautiful box! Thank you so much for taking the time to do the tutorials. I have learned a lot from you!

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#14 posted 12-23-2015 04:37 PM

Wow! Just WOW!!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#15 posted 12-23-2015 06:49 PM

Wow is right!
What finish did you use?

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