Tea Chest

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Project by chertzog posted 02-12-2016 05:11 AM 1347 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project here on LumberJocks. So here goes.

This is a tea chest made from Cerejeira (brazilian oak), maple, red oak, and oak plywood. The body is made from Cerejeira. The dividers are maple as well as the drawer frame border. There are oak splines in each corner mitre. The drawer bottom and the divider between the top and lower sections is 1/4 oak plywood.

The body and drawer took 2 coats of shellac and the dividers took 3 coats.

Almost everything was done with hand tools, except the mitres and spline housings. I ended up resawing (by hand) the top and bottom panels out the same 15” section of the 5/4 plank. The drawer front is the actual piece that was cut out of the front side, so grain flow was maintained.

While its not defect free, I am happy with it being my first real project where i really tried to do everything by hand.

The overall dimensions are 15” wide by 13” deep by 8” tall.

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 05:39 AM

Chertzog, welcome to Lumberland. What a fine start this is. The wood is lovely and there is real craftsmanship in the tea box you made. I like the corner splines and the drawer for added storage. It certainly appears sturdy. I shall look forward to seeing more of your work on this site. You might want to include he dimensions on your next post, as scale is difficult to judge from just pictures. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-12-2016 01:10 PM

Great looking tea storage box, very nice work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-12-2016 01:46 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Most of the people you encounter here will be friendly and helpful.

That is a nice looking Tea Chest.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#4 posted 02-12-2016 03:50 PM

First project. Wow. Great job, I would have loved to have you in my shop class. I would have had to take second place though. In my post yesterday, killed bug cabinet, I gave some information on how to orientate the picture to LJ’s so it shows it the right way. Check it out, some people on LJ’s don’t check a project if sideways, too bad, your project is worth checking out.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 02-12-2016 04:03 PM

Take your pictures in landscape mode to avoid the rotation issues on the site. It can’t handle portrait mode.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#6 posted 02-12-2016 07:22 PM

I like the side compartment,looks a nice project.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#7 posted 02-12-2016 09:59 PM

Very nice build, easy on the eyes for sure. And, Welcome!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#8 posted 02-12-2016 11:43 PM

Thanks for all comments. I updated the description with the dimensions.

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#9 posted 02-13-2016 01:38 AM

Looks great! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Greg Simon

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#10 posted 02-13-2016 02:57 AM

Great project, and looks like fine work. I’ve found that you’ll notice all of the minor defects than anyone else will, but shouldn’t identify them as pointing them out on a gift sort of takes away from it.

Keep up the good work, it looks to me like a challenging piece, especially with combining the different woods, and finishing them to match.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#11 posted 02-13-2016 03:10 AM

Beautiful tea chest! Welcome to LJ. !

-- AJ

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