Tea Box

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Project by TWegs posted 09-08-2019 02:26 PM 1288 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tea box for my mom’s 80th birthday. It is made from some leftover pieces of mahogany and curly maple. It was made completely from rough sawn lumber, dimensioned to thickness with hand planes and all joints hand cut with saws, chisels and hand planes. No machines in my shop. It features half blind dovetails and is finished with a half pound cut of clear shellac with a French polish. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-08-2019 02:40 PM

Very nice, always amazing what can be created with basic tools.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 09-08-2019 02:47 PM

Wonderful looking box.

In a time before powered equipment all wooden items were made the same. Sounds foreign to hear that in a time when frying electrons is how we do most everything.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-08-2019 03:42 PM

Beautiful box…I realy need one too!! Those compartments are adorable!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-09-2019 01:15 PM

Very nice looking tea box.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 09-09-2019 06:35 PM

Nice box. I hope the receiver of this gift understands the uniqueness of it being made without power tools. Nice going.

-- Jerrybox-Boxes Unlimited

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#6 posted 09-10-2019 02:50 PM

Beautiful! I’m slowly getting into woodworking but have limited space for tools. Maybe I need to re-think what I actually need and go old school.

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#7 posted 09-11-2019 12:11 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Jerrybox, safe to say no one really has an appreciation for handwork versus machine work if you haven’t tried making something both ways, least of which would be my 80 year old mother. But it meant something to me. The slow process of doing handwork forces you to pay attention to each cut, each joint, and gives you plenty of time to think about who you are making it for and all the memories attached to that person. I likely got more out of making it than she will get from receiving it.

Hikes Colorado, many years ago I started out buying loud, noisy machines that had the high potential to seriously hurt me because I didn’t really know what I was doing. Then I discovered a VHS tape in the discount bin of an old Swedish craftsman teaching how to hand cut dovetails. I was totally hooked and set out buy a dovetail saw and some decent chisels. Later, I discovered YouTube and Paul Sellers and pitched every crappy, cheap machine I had bought and started finding hand planes cheap on eBay. Completely changed and improved my work tenfold. I do this as a hobby and to just take a short break from the cellphone, the laptop, and the digital world. No loud machines, no ear protection, no safety goggles, no vacuum system. My shop is safe for anyone to hang out in while I work and my bench takes up about 20 square feet in my garage. I highly recommend going the old school route if you’re intent is to create one of a kind, individual projects. If you’re trying to mass produce something, then machines make a lot more sense. Good luck.

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