Queen Anne Tea Caddy

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 01-27-2012 01:35 AM 2972 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Tea Caddy was one of the projects in semester 2 of my Hand Tool School. It was a lot of fun and was used to apply the skills taught that semester on cutting curves, wide miters, and sticking mouldings. I’m really happy with how it came out and was glad I decided to go ahead and add the secret drawer. Of course it wouldn’t be a Hand Tool School project unless it was made entirely by hand.

The side slides up in a friction fit groove to expose the drawer hidden under a false bottom.

The finish is Genuine Mahogany dyed with General Finishes Vintage Cherry Dye followed by 4 coats of shellac.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 01:41 AM

Very nice. Great looking box…Did you make profile scrapers for the molding or was it machine made? The finish is superb also….and really like the secret compartment…..a sweet project.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 01:51 AM

No electrons were harmed in the making of this project. All the mouldings are done with moulding planes, then mitered around the box.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 02:24 AM

Very impressive tea caddy,a real classic look.


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#4 posted 01-27-2012 03:30 AM

Neanderthal woodworking. I love it and what you are doing Shannon. I enjoyed woodchat last Wednesday. A very nice piece. It has a warm look. Again thank you Shannon.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 01-27-2012 03:35 AM

LOVE it, great color, neat drawer

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 04:20 AM

Great box. A nice hand built project.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-27-2012 06:38 PM

Love it Shannon, it looks like an antique!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 04:42 AM

This is a gorgeous hand made Box. Everything about it is beautiful…..Great Job!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 01:25 AM

Great classic period piece Shannon. Right up my alley. I knew I’d find something to do with those small pieces of mahogany. Thanks for the idea.

-- Ken --------- never try and put 5 lbs. of tenon in a 3 lb. mortise.

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