Tiny art deco cabinet for tea bag holders

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Project by sras posted 03-26-2021 11:32 PM 2001 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got this delivered today. They were very happy with it.

This tiny cabinet was built as a thank you gift for a supply of walnut given to me several years ago. It is designed to store the tea bag holders shown in the first photo. I worked with the recipient to come up with the basic shape and I proposed the Art Deco styling.

The case is made from the walnut I had received. The hinges are from Brusso.

The discs are spalted maple and the black accents are ebony. The spalted maple comes from a remnant from building a picture frame several years ago. The walnut in that frame is from the batch that was given to me. That will give you an idea of how long I have had this walnut.

In the back one can find a surprise envelope.

Inside the envelope is a small card detailing the history of the walnut, maple, bag holders, and the construction of the cabinet.

There is a lot of detail in a small project. Fortunately I enjoy detail work and I had a lot of fun with this one.

The closed cabinet measures 5 3/8” wide by 4 5/16” deep by 5 9/16 tall.

There is a 11 chapter blog of the build which runs from February through mid March.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 03-26-2021 11:40 PM

It was fun reading along with your build on this Steve, beautiful work and an excellent art deco build!

It could be many things, but I’m reminded of an old radio.

Tea box to hold tea bag holders, who would of thunk!


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#2 posted 03-26-2021 11:52 PM

Nice job sras...

Now all you have to do is convince the recipient to drink coffee and they’ll have a great jewelry box.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 03-27-2021 12:05 AM

Steve, With the amount of patience craftsmanship you put into this project, sir, it has come up an awesome treat. Well done isn’t the right compliment for this very handsome piece of functional woodworking art.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 03-27-2021 12:49 AM

splinter – I’m glad you enjoyed the story! Thanks for the comment!

Thanks LBD – If it becomes a jewelry box I’ll have to add drawers…

crowie – Thanks! It was fun to see how much they appreciated it. I’m sure it will get used every day.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-27-2021 01:15 AM

Your attention to detail and imagination really shines on this one, Steve!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-27-2021 01:16 AM

Thanks Lew – it was fun having you follow along!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 03-27-2021 01:18 AM

What a lovely handmade gift that will be a treasure forever! I love the idea of enclosing the history of this very special tea cabinet. Well done Steve!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#8 posted 03-27-2021 01:19 AM

Thanks Elaine! The history card was a fun surprise to add.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-27-2021 01:33 AM

Beautiful little cabinet, Steve, and it was of fun watching your progress along the way. Thanks for sharing and raising the bar.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 03-27-2021 01:46 AM

Great idea!

-- "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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#11 posted 03-27-2021 01:55 AM

Thanks Dave! I’m glad you enjoyed following along.

Thanks Chuck!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 03-27-2021 02:04 AM

First thought – way to pretty for used tea bag holders…
Second – 11 parts blog?!

And then I read whole blog non-stop. Wow, what a journey! And quite educational too!

Thanks for the build blog and the post.

PS. At first I imagined that maple buttons will stay whole, glued only to one side.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#13 posted 03-27-2021 02:19 AM

Thanks Torus – Luckily the tea bag holders are clean when they go into the cabinet. Glad you liked the blog – it would have been shorter if I didn’t write so much :) Solid buttons on one side would have been a nice feature – not sure I would want to get them aligned.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 03-27-2021 03:22 AM

Awesome job!! Detail is amazing!!

-- If you are afraid to make a mistake you never achieve your goals!

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#15 posted 03-27-2021 04:03 AM

Thanks Kras! Wish you could have seen it in person!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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