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Tea box with inlay

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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 02-13-2021 10:14 PM 1922 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I wanted to kill two birds with one stone with this latest project: make a box and do some inlay. Since I have some black walnut and bubinga lying around I decided to make a tea box for my wife. The box sides and bottom panels are 1/2” walnut and the top panel is solid 1/2” bubinga. The center inlay is amboyna burl which I resawed from a flitch I picked up a few months back because it looked interesting. The inlay banding is just some ‘black morado’ I picked up from Rockler because it looked like it would be a good match. I put some black string inlay along the seam between the panels and the carcasse. I actually had a bit of a time with finishing this because I don’t tend to grain fill but this turned out to be an issue with the inlay banding around the center panel. I could just never get that to finish properly. Fortunately, I had also picked up some grain filler a few months ago when it was on sale so I just gave everything a sand and started over. Hinges are just JB-102 1-1/4” Brusso 90 degree stop hinges. The center dividers are just some maple that I resawed and ran through the drum sander. I sanded them to smooth but didn’t bother to finish them. They whole divder assembly isn’t attached so if I ever decided to change that or the wood in there I can pull it out.

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 02-13-2021 10:25 PM

Beautiful work and a beautiful box.
The bubinga and amboyna burl really set each other off and the black walnut with the black string inlay makes them pop even more.
Great job!

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987Ron

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#2 posted 02-13-2021 10:45 PM

Love the box. The inlay and the string sets the box off.

-- Ron

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pottz

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#3 posted 02-14-2021 12:36 AM

very nice,love the wood combo and a nice job with the inlay.gotta make the wife smile with that one.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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grovemadman

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#4 posted 02-14-2021 12:53 AM

Great looking box. Great contrast of wood. Nice work!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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Bobsboxes

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#5 posted 02-14-2021 01:32 AM

Great wood combo, very nice.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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AJ1104

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#6 posted 02-14-2021 01:56 AM

Beautiful piece. You did an amazing job with the inlay as well as the overall design and build. Very nice indeed!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 02-14-2021 02:38 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 02-14-2021 03:01 AM

Wow! Very nice!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 02-14-2021 05:35 AM

Wonderful wood used well. Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 02-14-2021 10:51 AM

That is really beautiful! Nice job all around.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 02-14-2021 03:42 PM

That is a SUPER looking box! I love the choice of woods for the lid.

-- Fossil

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pottz

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#12 posted 02-14-2021 06:06 PM

i made the mistake of showing this to the wife,well she wants one.another project on the to do list.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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SubtleEpsilon

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#13 posted 02-14-2021 06:07 PM


i made the mistake of showing this to the wife,well she wants one.another project on the to do list.

- pottz

The struggle is real.

I’ll add that I grabbed a couple of those Bessey strap clamps at HD for this. They were really handy
https://www.homedepot.com/p/BESSEY-Strap-Clamp-with-90-Degree-Corner-Pieces-12-ft-Capacity-VAS400/309901172

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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Boxguy

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#14 posted 02-14-2021 07:56 PM

E, what a great job this is. I really like it. Your use of pinstriping and woods is masterful. I appreciate that the dividers are not too thick and bulky. The lift out dividers make this much easier to clean. By way of sharing information, you might look here. I like your work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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SubtleEpsilon

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#15 posted 02-14-2021 08:17 PM



E, what a great job this is. I really like it. Your use of pinstriping and woods is masterful. I appreciate that the dividers are not too thick and bulky. The lift out dividers make this much easier to clean. By way of sharing information, you might look here. I like your work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy

Yeah, I read your post before I started this. Thanks. :-)

-- It's a fine line between clever and stupid

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