Tea Box

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Project by Serradura posted 03-23-2016 05:36 PM 1872 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tea Box made out of reclaimed oak and mahogany, finished with “orange” wax.
Somebody asked me to make a “tea box”, it turned out a rather big one and because it had to be “different” it took some work to get all the ideas in my head to come together on the workbench. This time I used a certain Portuguese sausage full of wax for the first time for the finish… an adventure on itself!

The making of in this video!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 05:47 PM

Nicely done. Japanese call it Wabi-Sabi. Integrating the old and new in a creative way. You take the old and make it new. I know part of it is out of necessity, but the other is the challenge?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 06:17 PM

Cool design and I love the video .
This arrangement of staked boxes could be used for a lot of different applications like a jobsite tool box and a hardware organizer .
Maybe post a little more info on the sausage .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-23-2016 06:31 PM

Very cool design

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-23-2016 06:32 PM

Realy unique and unusual design. Nice thing, it’s always in balance,even opened.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 03-23-2016 07:19 PM

You did a really nice job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-23-2016 07:24 PM

Dang ! You must drink a lot of tea !

Beautiful box.

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#7 posted 03-23-2016 09:19 PM

Fantastic design and execution on this box. That triple tier tea box is really nice, and would also make a great jewelry box. Great design thinking and craftsmanship.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 03-23-2016 11:58 PM

Beautiful box and an awesome build

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 03-24-2016 12:03 AM

Beautiful and like old tool said, could be a jewelry box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 03-24-2016 05:45 AM

Serradura, this is a really fun design. I like your thinking here. The video was fun to watch. Your organized shop is emblematic of your organized thinking. It reminds me of a project I made from a piece of redwood burl a few years ago. You might look at this to compare designs. Keep boxing and keep posting and videoing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 03-24-2016 02:05 PM

So has specialty tea become a popular thing? I have seen several people make tea boxes and I was unaware tea what that popular.

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#12 posted 03-24-2016 02:20 PM

Thanks for all the nice comment! Yes… Tea is populair and you need at least a dozen different kinds on offer, so the lady who I build it for says..

About the wax (-kiefer-) ... (the sausage) I will go into that soon! (maybe a blog or video)

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#13 posted 03-24-2016 04:49 PM

I admire your creativity on this project. Muito bem! Did you give any thought to using nylon bushings or small washers between levels to prevent rubbing?

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 03-24-2016 05:03 PM

I admire your creativity on this project. Muito bem! Did you give any thought to using nylon bushings or small washers between levels to prevent rubbing?

- Lenny

There are small washers between the boxes. (as thick as the saw took out the one leg that was cut in 3 parts…

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#15 posted 04-04-2016 03:52 PM

Nice design with a lot of capacity.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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