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Project by bondogaposis posted 10-10-2018 04:18 PM 1988 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a break from my furniture project and made a these tea boxes. The woods are birch, walnut and lacewood; and birch and sycamore. Thanks for looking.

-- Bondo Gaposis





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Hazem

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 04:44 PM

Very nice.

Simple yet elegant.

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 04:58 PM

I like the one on the left. The color of the lacewood lid threw me off for a minute. Initially, I thought it might be paduak. I also thought the birch was cherry at first.

The contrast between the walnut, lacewood and birch is striking. Plus the birch plugs make a nice contrast on the sides. The lid looks like it curves ever slightly as well. I’m also going to shamelessly “borrow” the lid handle. How is the lid attached to the box? Judging by the plug, it might be a rod through the sides?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 05:13 PM

Good looking boxes, I am a big Tea drinker but only loose leaf.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 10-10-2018 05:20 PM

EarlS, the dowels are not birch, but rather bamboo, corn dog sticks to be precise. The “hinge” is just 2 brass pins inserted through the sides into the lid. Here is a close up.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 10-10-2018 05:44 PM

I love how simple these appear to be, almost effortless…as if you walked into your shop one day and there they were, ready to be used. The dowel and glue joint looks great and so neat (meaning, tidy…not like, groovy) I am certainly inspired by these as a novice box maker, this might design seems to be less daunting than cutting dovetails.
Thank you for posting.
Well done.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#6 posted 10-10-2018 05:52 PM

Those are very pleasing boxes. I’m partial to sycamore so I’ll say the one on the right for me, but the other is also very nice.

Corn dog sticks?! Nice!

But I’m a loose-leaf guy too, and just made a pot a few minutes ago. I suppose one could make a box for loose tea too, but I just keep it in the bag it came in.

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#7 posted 10-10-2018 05:54 PM

I love how simple these appear to be, almost effortless…as if you walked into your shop one day and there they were, ready to be used. The dowel and glue joint looks great and so neat (meaning, tidy…not like, groovy) I am certainly inspired by these as a novice box maker, this might design seems to be less daunting than cutting dovetails.
Thank you for posting.
Well done.

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#8 posted 10-10-2018 08:08 PM

I like!!
I think the Birch and sycamore one is my favorite. My wife would love these – she likes an assortment of tea all at her fingertips in a box like this…

-- Pete

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#9 posted 10-10-2018 09:49 PM

Beautiful from the wood through all the details. Love the brass pin hinge, Always have liked the look of a dowel/pinned corner more than a DT. Plus you filled the interior with something besides space.

Nice boxage, thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 10:55 PM

These are really nice! I do love the simplicity like the comments above. I have made boxes in this style and am curious, could you post a picture of the back side, how you did the back side to interact with the lid? Very nice work and congratulations on your Top 3.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#11 posted 10-11-2018 02:34 AM

Kim, the underside of the lid on the back side is radiused, so that it has clearance to open. I used 5/16” radius router bit. You also have to elevate the lid off the back just a sliver, less than 1/16” to get the clearance for it to swing.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 10-11-2018 02:48 AM

Tea boxes will never be the same. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 10-11-2018 05:15 AM

Beautiful pieces, very nice boxes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-11-2018 11:36 AM



Kim, the underside of the lid on the back side is radiused, so that it has clearance to open. I used 5/16” radius router bit. You also have to elevate the lid off the back just a sliver, less than 1/16” to get the clearance for it to swing.

- bondogaposis

Thanks for adding these pictures, I think not lifting the lid a hair is what I missed. Ugh – such a simple thing! – I’m having one of those “duh…” moments :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#15 posted 10-11-2018 11:48 AM

Really like the explanation of the build, thanks. Love the boxes.

-- Petey

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