FWW Dovetailed tea box

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Project by jc066 posted 02-21-2019 03:14 AM 1041 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project in FWW #269.
Michael Pekovich did his box with wenge and birds eye maple where as mine is made from quarter sawen white oak and vertical grain clear Douglas fir.
I had a board of q- sawn oak that had sat in a puddle some where and had darken considerably. I save it from the firewood bin at my local flooring store. I sanded the stained side and the open grain still has some of the dark colour in it.
I wanted a darker colour so that it would match the FWW one, so I lightly fumed with household ammonia. Colour didn’t darken as much as I liked but it was enough.
For the liner, I didn’t have birds eye and again found some old growth, vertical grain Douglas fir in the firewood bin that I sized and selected the best grain for the inside.
I finished with oli-natura hard wax project oil, a vegetable wax oil finish.

A fun little project, although not having the power tools to get this done soon drew out the process by a month or two!

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#1 posted 02-21-2019 12:40 PM

nice box. I’ve seen the article in FWW and added this one to my project list.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 02-21-2019 07:14 PM

Very cool, wanted to make that for my daughter who is a tea lover. Good to see someone else make it! I’m kind of dreading dovetailing this wenge….so I have been putting it off. I haven’t had much luck with household ammonia fuming alone. The percentage is just too low. Have even left stuff for almost a week. Really need to use dyes and/or stains to get a darker color. But I like the look of yours! Great job.

In case you are interested, I tried about a dozen different methods, here is one fuming combo method I used that worked great, but I only did it on a scrap of QSWO about 10”x12”, but I love the look of this table.

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#3 posted 02-21-2019 11:52 PM

That’s a great article, thanks for sharing! I have fumed several WO projects, it also works on Douglas fir which we have plenty of here in Victoria.

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#4 posted 02-22-2019 10:11 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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