Box for Tea

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Project by Blackbear posted 10-23-2013 01:27 PM 3847 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my mother’s birthday I made her a Tea box. This is my first box with a lid. This is also my first project with stopped dadoes.

The wood I selected is cherry and spalted maple for the top panel, with walnut splines. The cherry was finished with Watco Cherry Danish Oil, while the spalted maple and cherry panels (top and bottom) were finished with General Finishes Oil and Urethane. Everything got a coat of beeswax also. I thought the maple and cherry finish did not contrast each other enough, but the cherry did darken with a second and third coat of the Danish Oil.

I did the dadoes with a router fitted with a 1/8” spiral cut bit and ran them slightly past where the internal dividers sit. You can see a small round gap at the top of the dividers. I don’t think it looks bad at all, but for practice next time I will try stopping short and finishing with a chisel.

The grooves for the top and bottom panels were done on the TS. The top panel is 3/8” while the bottom is 1/8”.

I attempted to do the miters on the TS, but quickly found out my miter gauge does not lock firmly enough into place after being dropped on the concrete floor a month or two ago. I ended up doing the miters on my sliding miter saw. After glue up the splines were then done on the TS, after cutting the top off also on the TS.

I used simple butt hinges. Next time I will try some knife or barrel hinges I think just for looks.

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#1 posted 10-23-2013 01:32 PM

I like it, and it has given me an idea for a gift so thank you for the inspiration! The contrasting color of the splines is a nice touch.

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#2 posted 10-23-2013 02:22 PM

That is a very attractive tea box. I’m sure that your mother loved it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-23-2013 02:31 PM

I like this style. The look is so clean. The top is attractive too. Nice work! The stopped dadoes are a great touch.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#4 posted 10-23-2013 02:41 PM

Nice job! Look great.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 10-23-2013 02:44 PM

Very nice looking box. I love the spalted maple top.

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#6 posted 10-23-2013 04:14 PM

Beautiful box. I like your wood selection. I’ll bet she was pleased!


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#7 posted 10-23-2013 04:21 PM

Great looking box, with beautiful wood!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 10-23-2013 05:36 PM

Very nice Tea box and beautiful wood….nicely done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 10-23-2013 07:14 PM

Nice box..Great looking much tes as I drink I now have another reason to build a box. Hope it ends up half as nice.

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#10 posted 10-24-2013 01:09 AM

Thanks for sharing!! My wife would love a tea box, so you gave me an awesome idea for a Christmas present!

-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#11 posted 10-24-2013 05:17 AM

I also like the spalted top, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 10-24-2013 07:14 AM

Beautiful wood, great box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 10-24-2013 11:57 AM

Nice combination. For what it’s worth, the butt hinges are a good choice. If you wanted to upgrade, the Brusso butt hinge or a side rail hinge would be a great choice. Barrel or knife hinges may be less expensive, but a fine box deserves better. I like this box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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