Tea Chest

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Project by Farles posted 11-04-2007 04:11 AM 13921 views 21 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tea chest for my wife. Lynn. She loves tea and all of her tea bags and boxes were all over the pantry and needed some organization. I got some ideas from magazines and the internet and then came up with a unique plan for some originality. I used Jatoba for the main sides and top sides. Poplar makes up the legs and internal dividers. The top is 13/16” thick solid Canarywood. The inside top and bottom are lined with aromatic cedar. Hardware from Lee Valley. We are big fans of Asian styles and motifs, hence the design and hardware. The outside was finished with 3 coats of Circa 1850 Antique Paste Varnish, buffed between coats with #0000 steel wool. The outside and cedar has a coat of Chapmans beeswax Polish (I debated on waxing the cedar but the smell was entirely overwhelming and I wanted to minimize smell transfers to the teas…the poplar is unfinished). Oh, and it may be hard to spot, but the top sides have a 1/8” band of Padauk (between the Jatoba and the Canarywood).

I entered the tea chest in a Home Depot competition today and got second place. Not bad for my first major small project! I walked away with a gift bag full of goodies and a DeWalt jobsite radio/charger. WOW!

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#1 posted 11-04-2007 04:14 AM

Congratulations of the second prize. A great looking tea chest.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-04-2007 04:23 AM

Beautiful piece ! Very nice !
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#3 posted 11-04-2007 04:25 AM


That is really nice. The red inlay / laminate around the top is an excellent touch. It really drew my eye. The tapered legs add an elegant look. I like it a lot.

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#4 posted 11-04-2007 04:39 AM

Thank you so much! I am new to Lumberjocks and really appreciate the positive comments. Cheers!

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#5 posted 11-04-2007 04:53 AM

really nice job. welcome to lj’s !!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 11-04-2007 02:42 PM

Lovely piece! The combination of woods is outstanding, and it certainly deserves to be a prize-winner. I presume the cedar doesn’t affect the flavor of the tea?

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#7 posted 11-04-2007 03:53 PM

Very nice!

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#8 posted 11-04-2007 04:52 PM

Just to clarify, the beeswax polish is Clapham’s, not Chapman’s. Robert, I put a coat of the wax, which is unscented, on the cedar lining. My original thinking was that, besides looking nice, it would give a fresh scent (who doesn’t love the smell of cedar?). Then, when I put it all together, the smell was much too strong for the teas, so I put the wax on (the poplar partitions are unfinished). It also had the added benefit of really bringing out the grain of the cedar. Now, when you open up the chest, all you smell are the teas!

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#9 posted 11-04-2007 07:17 PM

What a great concept and nice design!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 11-04-2007 08:16 PM

Great job. Congrats on winning prizes.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 11-04-2007 11:50 PM

The need for a solution is often the impetus for the project. Great solution and nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 11-05-2007 01:12 AM

Nice job Farles! What Home Depot has a woodworking competition? And those sound like sweet prizes for finishing second. Oh, and welcome to LJ!

-- Kevin

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#13 posted 11-05-2007 06:22 AM

Great design! Nice work! and Congratulations!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-05-2007 11:07 AM

Congrat’s on the win! I just love small wooden boxes, so this is a real treat to behold.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 11-05-2007 03:16 PM

Nice box there, Farles. And congratulations on the 2nd prize!

-- Dekker -

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