Tea Chest

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Project by mdb5972 posted 04-01-2014 05:41 PM 1518 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest just turned 18, and she likes her tea. Made her a little travel tea chest, which will post when I find the pictures. Wanted to make her a tea box/chest. Debat… Debat.. Decided I didn’t want to do the standard box for tea packets. Found some glass jars for 1$ a piece, and lucked out and found a coupon for spend 10$ and get 3$ off. So tea chest it is.

Had some old OLD 4×4 Cedar which ripped and planed down. Wanted to make it look like a small cedar chest, which I think it does. Still have to make my own.

Since just getting back into doing woodworking…. Lots of small painful mistakes. But that’s how it goes.

Would like to thank user “shipwright” for the wooden hinges he showed us. Been using that technique in most of the current projects.

After cleaning up my libraCAD, will make available.

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#1 posted 04-01-2014 07:03 PM

Thats beautiful and a very nice gift. I’m sure it will get well used and last for years to come. Good job!

-- Eric the "Fabbrocator" Fabbro

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#2 posted 04-01-2014 07:28 PM

I like the idea of using cedar or pine. I think it can be beautiful, and can be much more than siding and 2×4’s. And you demonstrate that here. I also have one on the bench that I’m doing in pine/cedar, but it’s a good ways away. Nice work here, and I’m sure your daughter will love it.

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

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#3 posted 04-01-2014 09:23 PM

Very nice tea chest, I really like the way you have done the corners on the chest, very neat and clean. This type is new to me as mostly I have seen a tea chest or box for tea bags not bottles of loose tea leaves…Great job.

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

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#4 posted 04-01-2014 10:45 PM

@Eric: Aye, hope she likes it just dropped it off for her today.

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#5 posted 04-01-2014 10:51 PM

@RogerBean: Using up scrap pieces that I have left over. Used pine for a dartboard cabinet. Used ripped 2×4 to make riser shelves. Cedar, I like the red cedar as it darkens. Would love to see yours before I do up mine as I am thinking of try’n some other corner styles to find one I prefer. Not good at getting clean 45 joins…. even on the router table, have to adjust the mounting of the router it is at a slight angle.

Also have to finish up plans for a Cantilever art box for my other daughter, and a tambour box for my son.

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#6 posted 04-01-2014 11:03 PM

@aussiedave: I made the corners a little too small (3/8” width). Had to glue one side together before cutting the dado on the other side. Otherwise would have lost the 1/8 square piece on the inside.

The main reason it ended up this way as both my daughter and I drink loose leaf more than tea bag. One of the places we go gives you a 3”d x 5”l circular tea tin with the purchase (depending on size). Have yet to figure out a nice decorative way of storing them. A slight larger version of a spice shelf comes to mind, but wanted something small to have out on the counter.

I also like to have a variety of different black teas otherwise would have been more a tea bag dispenser box. Which I saw a interesting idea of one with 3 bays. The spice jars I found hold a fair amount, have a different look, and the box keeps them nicely outta the direct sun. And not try’n to store 5 or more tins on the counter etc..

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