Tea Box

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Project by AndyMB posted 11-02-2021 04:00 PM 920 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw an episode of Rough Cut Woodworking on PBS with Tom McLaughlin where he had Mike Pekovich on the show to make his tea box. I knew that this would be the perfect project/gift for my daughter, as she is a “tea fiend”. The case is made of Wenge, the inner divider insert is Birds-eye Maple, and the closure blocks are Ebony. It was actually kinda fun taking the two sizes of hemp to create the closure cords. The closure blocks have rare-earth magnets hidden beneath a thin layer of Ebony.

Mike demonstrated a technique of using a wire brush on the Wenge to give it a textured surface because otherwise, it has a dead, flat feeling, as he called it. This came out really nice…I recommend trying it out~!

This project gave me my first experience with hand-cut dovetails. Mike used a specially ground tablesaw blade for cutting the tails and a hand-held router setup for the pins, but these dovetails were small compared to the bit I had onhand. I felt up to the challenge, so I practiced with a couple pieces of pine and then dove right in. I really liked how it turned out for my initial go. That being said, I decided that any future dovetails would be cut by hand and the jig will go in the next yard sale~!

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#1 posted 11-02-2021 04:27 PM

Looks pretty good, nice project.

Just need to orentate the photos.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 11-02-2021 04:29 PM

Excellent job :-) I made a version of this box a couple of years ago. It’s a neat little project and tea-drinkers seem to really like it.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 11-02-2021 04:51 PM

I really like Mike Pekovich’s designs, you did your self proud on this!

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#4 posted 11-02-2021 05:31 PM

Thanks much~! And yes, I’ll get the pics straightened out. Not sure why they flipped. (smh)

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#5 posted 11-02-2021 07:17 PM

Beautiful job of this Andy

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#6 posted 11-02-2021 08:45 PM

I to make one of those, really neat project you did great on yours. Daughter should be happy, her tea is safe.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 11-02-2021 09:51 PM

I like this project. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 11-02-2021 11:19 PM

Very nice! “Real Dove Tails” are cut by Hand! Wenge is a fun Wood to work with:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 11-03-2021 01:49 AM

Nice job Andy. I like the brushed wenge. I remember this article and tea box.

-- AJ

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#10 posted 11-03-2021 10:22 AM

Excellent work!

I also made three of these after watching that show.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 11-03-2021 02:30 PM

Wow, I really appreciate all the great comments~! My wife says that I should make these (and other things) to sell when we retire (again). I thanked her in advance for not trying to turn my hobby into another job. ;-)
Thanks again all~!

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#12 posted 11-03-2021 10:46 PM

Well done Tea Box.

Your pictures are rotated because of how you held your phone when capturing the image. Holding the phone so the screen is horizontal will stop the problem. I only figured this out yesterday after I too posted a sideways image. Good luck.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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