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Project by BigShooter posted 02-07-2020 06:42 PM 927 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am always looking for ways to justify my tool purchases to my better half. So when my wife complained that she didn’t realize she was out of one of her tea’s (she drinks many varieties), it was my time to shine!

Do you really need a 3 1/4hp router? Well remember that tea box I made?

You are buying another chisel? Well when I was making your tea box….

I’m kidding, I am very fortunate to have a wife that thinks it’s better for me to be in my shop chasing dovetails than in a bar chasing another kind of tail.

The tea box is made from walnut and cherry. The walnut I have had for over 20 years, it was in a house we bought, the owner had died, so it was probably milled 30 years ago.

I looked at Goodwill for wood blinds but they didn’t have any. So I planed the dividers down from left over scrap.

This was my first successful attempt at miter corners. Thank you to everyone for posting questions and advice. I took a while reading the forums and then took hours setting up my miter saw and table saw. All of my previous boxes were dovetailed. I was very happy with the tightness of the joints.

The only problem I had was with the hinges. I have to do more research about quadrant hinges. Maybe the jig templates are worth it?

I finished it with thinned poly. I thought an oil finish may take too long for the odor to go away.

-- Cherish wily thoughts and keep a tight grip on your booze





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pottz

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 06:50 PM

you know the secret to getting what you want,give her what she wants.my wife never complains about my tool addiction and she gets anything she wants.were both happy that way.nice work on the tea box.

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

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 07:48 PM

Great looking box. Walnut and cherry, classic. The chamfers on lid and box are a nice touch.

Congrats on the quadrants, hinges are my least favorite thing to do, where I make the most mistakes, and jeez, I wont even comtemplate quadrants until, someday, I get that brusso routing template.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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Fiver

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 08:06 PM

Awesome, awesome box. I too love the chamfers on the lid. Never thought of doing that before but now seeing it it makes perfect sense.

Mind if I ask which hinges those are/where you got them? I’ve yet to find a decent box hinge without spending $4 billion at Rockler…

-- Matt - Colorado

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 08:16 PM

Awesome tea box! I’m making three right now. I’m going with the FWW version (smaller). If you are going to get the Brusso templates (don’t yell at me) but by two, so you don’t have to realign when you do the 2nd hinge. Really nice job!

-- Petey

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#5 posted 02-07-2020 10:18 PM

Great tea box. Nice choice of wood. It’s always a good idea to keep the wife happy!

-- Rich

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#6 posted 02-08-2020 12:16 AM

That’s a wonderful box. Black walnut has got to be my favorite wood to work with. It always looks fantastic.

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 02-08-2020 12:20 AM

Good looking box – I especially like the champhered edge on the lid and box

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 02-08-2020 01:45 AM

That looks great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Boxguy

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#9 posted 02-08-2020 03:58 AM

Shooter, welcome to Lumberjocks. I like your teabox. Nice selection of woods. Good solid building techniques.

I think also chamfer my lid/bottom joints, but with a much smaller chamfer made with sand paper. If you are interested, here is a hinge alternative you might consider. This adds more.. An alternate source of Venetian blind slats is to buy new shades at Home Depot. Even at that price it is cheaper than making your own.

Again, Shooter, nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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BigShooter

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#10 posted 02-08-2020 02:45 PM

Thanks for all the comments, what a great website.
I have done chamfers before to hide imperfect lid lines. That wasn’t the case here, I just liked the look.


Awesome, awesome box. I too love the chamfers on the lid. Never thought of doing that before but now seeing it it makes perfect sense.

Mind if I ask which hinges those are/where you got them? I ve yet to find a decent box hinge without spending $4 billion at Rockler…

- Fiver


The hinges are from rockler I think they were $10 for the pair.


Shooter, welcome to Lumberjocks. I like your teabox. Nice selection of woods. Good solid building techniques.

I think also chamfer my lid/bottom joints, but with a much smaller chamfer made with sand paper. If you are interested, here is a hinge alternative you might consider. This adds more.. An alternate source of Venetian blind slats is to buy new shades at Home Depot. Even at that price it is cheaper than making your own.

Again, Shooter, nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy


Thank you boxguy, for all your posts/projects, I have read most of them. They are a huge help.

-- Cherish wily thoughts and keep a tight grip on your booze

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Ivan

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#11 posted 02-09-2020 07:29 AM

You said everything in the title…besides the box is realy beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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JCinVA

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#12 posted 02-10-2020 07:47 AM

Very nice work. I need to add this to the project list for my wife and daughter.

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Grumpy

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#13 posted 02-14-2020 10:40 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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oldnovice

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#14 posted 02-15-2020 05:35 PM

She must be happy after getting such beautiful and practical work.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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