Walnut and Maple Teabox

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Project by CClark86 posted 05-10-2017 05:02 PM 2314 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a funny story behind this tea box. I was commissioned by one of my wife’s cousins to make a tea box for his girlfriend for a valentines day gift. I was pretty excited as it was my first ever box and I’ve always looked for a reason to make one but never have had a good one. So the week of valentines day and a couple days before I was going to deliver him the tea box, word comes down from my wife that they had broken up. So I still have this tea box sitting in my basement because my wife and I aren’t tea drinkers.

Anyway, I had free reign of what to do and got his approval on something Walnut with Maple highlights. I put this together this box with Walnut with Maple Splines, Maple ‘inlay’ and Maple dividers. I installed non mortising hinges and used walnut plywood for the top and bottom panels. Everything was sanded to 4000 grit, rubbed with linseed oil and then finished with several coats of salad bowl finish. The maple inlay strips were made by gluing strips of walnut and maple rather than actually inlaying anything together.

These are very flattering pictures as the lid has significant gaps on the corners of the base. I glued this up without any kind of box clamps (I really need some) and attempted to sand down the misalignment with my sander and only succeeded in over sanding the corners. The lid also ended up being too big for the bottom so it overhangs on a couple sides. The dividers are maple and are friction fitted into place. As this was my first box it is quite sloppy and I made a box spline jig as well to finish it.

Great experience, next boxes will definitely be better having learned a lot doing this one



-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 06:10 PM

Your first paragraph states you were commissioned to build a box. This assumes payment. Your last paragraph states you thought the work was sloppy. Did you end up getting paid? BTW, I think the pix and design are great.

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 07:00 PM

Still looks fine to me. I really like the contrast of the splines.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 09:14 PM

Looked good to me, can’t spot anything sloppy

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#4 posted 05-10-2017 11:21 PM

I think it’s a fantastic looking box. The color contrasts, splines and inlay are great. If that’s your first I’ll be looking forward to your future projects.

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#5 posted 05-11-2017 01:25 AM

I like and see nothing wrong at all!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 05-11-2017 02:18 AM

Sometimes we are our own worse critic…

Your last paragraph states you thought the work was sloppy. Did you end up getting paid? BTW, I think the pix and design are great.

- caboxmaker

Sometimes we are our own worse critic…

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#7 posted 05-11-2017 03:08 AM

Always keep your first one for future appreciation. You can look back and see how far you have come.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 05-11-2017 12:47 PM

Caboxmaker – My wife’s cousin offered to pay pull value but I would have only charged him materials. Because they broke up before valentines day he no longer needed it so I kept it.

Thanks all


-- Hobbyist Homebrewer, Woodworker, Glider Pilot. But only ever two at the same time.

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#9 posted 05-11-2017 05:12 PM

Nice Box.

Check out Kiefer's Box clamp for your next box project.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 05-11-2017 08:03 PM

This is a wonderful tea box and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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