Tea Caddy

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Project by balidoug posted 12-18-2017 04:48 PM 1206 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Christmas present for herself. Should hold her complete assortment along with my lapsang suchong. Simple construction: a tea tray with a drawer underneath. Mahogany. BLO/Beeswax finish. Made by hand.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 12-19-2017 01:24 PM

Very elegant and nice construction on this! Really like the way the front of the drawer looks, from the brass pull to the inlay.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 12-19-2017 01:31 PM

That’s a great tea box. I have been contemplating building one for my tea assortment and this has provided some much needed inspiration. Thanks.

-- Justin, Space Coast

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#3 posted 12-20-2017 05:35 AM

Doug, I like this design. You did an especially nice job on the dovetails on the drawer and back. Very skilled workmanship. The long slotted side handles should allow you to balance the load wherever you carry it. Nice thought there. I like it when a box becomes an organizing tool putting all the needed elements together so that everything you need for the task is close at hand. I always learn something from your designs.

Just as something to think about, I have found that slats from wooden Venetian blinds make good dividers for inside drawers and boxes. It holds small groups of teabags well and keeps them in place. Link to blog on building dividers.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 12-20-2017 01:30 PM

Thanks all. And thanks BG. I’ve seen your accolades for Venetian-blind/dividers but have had trouble sourcing them. I used 2” batons set in a rabbet at each end in this case. The cross-pieces as shown in your illustration would have been a good addition, and I’ll keep them in mind for the future.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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