Gift for a Co-worker: Humidor or Tea Chest

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Project by Kevin posted 01-02-2013 04:07 AM 2965 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this as a gift for a co-worker. I’ll talk to his wife tomorrow to see what would be a better gift, a humidor or a tea chest.

If a humidor, I’ll pull out the dividers, line the inside with spanish cedar, and add a hygrometer. If it is destined to be a tea chest, then the project is complete.

It is made from curly maple and cedar that I had laying around the shop.

While I doubt this project will make it to be one of the Daily Top 3, its always fun to get down to the workshop and play, especially when it results in a gift for a friend. And always nice to working on keep the skills fresh.

Opinions and critique of my work are always welcome.

Thanks and happy New Year.

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 05:23 AM

Love the post! Good job! Happy new year…

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 10:22 AM

Kevin, there is much to like in this box. You have nice 45 joints and the proportions are well done. The combination of woods adds interest. You have solid construction techniques. I am sure this will be a treasured gift…and it should be.

If you are making a humidor you will need a better seal around the top than this box seems to have. For a tea box it won’t matter assuming you are using pre-packaged tea.

Considerations for your next box:

I try to never go back and work on a finished box…build another box. If you keep perfecting one box; you wind up with one box. If you build another you will have 5 or 6 to sell or give away.

I have been using recycled wooden Venetian blinds for dividers in my boxes. I also include a “pocket” for the chain to fall into so it doesn’t get tangled with the tea bags. You might try this inset and hinge method some time.

I find that making wooden teabags helps me set up the dividers. I just cut some 3/4 blocks the size of a teabag and use those to set up my dividers.

As you can see, I left so extra room to make sure the box closes above the teabags.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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