Two More Tea Boxes!

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Project by ellen35 posted 10-15-2011 08:56 PM 2290 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJs,
These are 2 more tea boxes I finished this week. They are ~ 10×10 inches and 3 1/2 inches high. The first one is made using some 100 year old reclaimed wood (I believe it is mahogany) that came out of a house being renovated 15 yrs ago. My wonderful friend saved this for me and stored it for 15 years! The box is made entirely of this wood, even the dividers. It takes water-based poly (3 coats) beautifully and the figure literally pops!
The second box is made using some highly figured cherry that I bought from teenagewoodworker last year. I was saving it for a special project and this seemed like a good one. The dividers and keys are walnut and it, too, is finished in 3 coats of water based poly.
I must confess… I am a tea boxaholic. I just love making these.
They will go to the Artisan’s Fair next month to see if anyone else loves them enough to purchase!
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 10-15-2011 09:07 PM

These are just beautiful Ellen! I love them. You did a beautiful job with the finish too. And you are right, the figure in the wood really looks great. I love all kinds of boxes. It seems I never have ‘enough’. These are works or art. I hope you sell them both! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 10-15-2011 09:30 PM

Very classy. If I had more counter space, I’d have me one of those! Beautifully done, Ellen.


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#3 posted 10-15-2011 09:33 PM

Nice job on them ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-15-2011 10:09 PM

Superb work! I really like the reclaimed piece.

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#5 posted 10-15-2011 10:45 PM

These look very nice indeed Ellen, lovely finish & very functional :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 10-15-2011 11:06 PM

Great job as usual Ellen!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 10-15-2011 11:12 PM

Two beautiful pieces Ellen. On Monday I visited a friend in Weymouth. She has a store bought tea box and I was telling her about the beautiful tea boxes you make. That is some gorgeous cherry!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 10-15-2011 11:31 PM

Nice Work Ellen, that Wood is Precious!!
Elegant touch to these my Friend… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 10-15-2011 11:37 PM

Two more great examples of your high quality craftsmanship Ellen.
The grain on both is spectacular.
Whoever buys these will be lucky to have them!
Nice job !

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 11:52 PM

Very nice! Do you have a plan you can share?

-- tt in Delaware

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#11 posted 10-16-2011 01:34 AM

I just love the boxes you make. It seams like every box has a special story. Keep posting.

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#12 posted 10-16-2011 01:43 AM

tea time again

and it keeps getting better and better
keep this up
and i’ll be drinking the stuff myself

they are both great
like all you work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 10-16-2011 01:57 AM

Very nice Ellen.

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#14 posted 10-16-2011 01:58 AM

ellen,as always superb. wish i had some of your patience. beautiful wood.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#15 posted 10-16-2011 03:19 AM


Great work, almost makes me want to drink tea. Nice job really I love using splines while making things.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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