Federal Tea Caddy

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Project by sfrobk posted 02-19-2019 03:05 AM 1289 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a just completed version of the Federal tea caddies that are so popular lately. Built per Rob Millard’s generous instructions, this is a pine box veneered with crotch mahogany and homemade bandings, stringing, and paterae of holly, mahogany, ebony, and dyed veneers. It’s finished with hydrated lime, Trans Tint yellow and golden brown dyes, and shellac, rubbed out with 400g and 600g papers and 4F pumice.

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 12:00 PM

Beautiful work !!!

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 12:10 PM

Amazing craftsmanship and a very beautiful piece like all of your other projects posted here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 12:15 PM

Gorgeous work. I like the choice of liner (paper?) as well, adds a little surprise when the box is opened.

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

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 02:11 PM

Beautiful piece!

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 02:41 PM

beautiful Marquetry !

-- Ray,Iowa

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#6 posted 02-19-2019 02:47 PM

wow there’s woodworking and then there’s fine woodworking,and this is an example of fine craftsmanship.just a beautiful piece.congrats on a well deserved top 3.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 02:54 PM

To echo pottz, I’d say this even goes beyond the scope of “fine” woodworking. Truly a work of art!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#8 posted 02-19-2019 02:55 PM

Simply WOW. That is some amazing work and beautiful results.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 02-19-2019 03:08 PM

What a beautiful piece. I tip my hat to you sir!

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#10 posted 02-19-2019 04:13 PM

Very nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 02-19-2019 04:47 PM

That is beautiful! Very nice work and detail. Thanks for sharing

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#12 posted 02-19-2019 05:41 PM

Another Beautiful! I would love to see this in person.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#13 posted 02-19-2019 06:37 PM

Wow! Makes me want to throw out my tools and find another hobby. Beautiful. Great job.

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#14 posted 02-19-2019 06:56 PM

No! Don’t throw out your tools! Use them to try this; it’s a lot easier than it looks, trust me. It’s like eating an elephant; one bite at a time. If a software putz like me can figure this out, anyone can, with a little patience. Thanks all for the kind words!

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#15 posted 02-19-2019 07:11 PM

This is just beautiful! Such detailed beautiful work is rare today. Thanks for posting.

-- Doc "Not all who wander are lost." --J. R.R. Tolkien

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