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I had a customer order this a few weeks before Christmas. His girlfriend is flying in from Napol and he wanted to impress her with a special gift. She loves to drink tea so he asked me to come up with a unique and ornate Tea Box. This is made from Zebra Wood and Wenge. The roses were carved with my CNC machine and my wife laser etched the glass with the word Tea written in Napoli. Wenge was inlaid behind the glass to help the laser work to stand out. I used solid brass Brusso hinges designed to stop at 90 degrees so the lid would stay open when selecting the tea. I finished the box with a food safe mineral oil and hand buffed the outside with a furniture paste wax to preserve the wood and add a nice sheen. This is the first project I have done using Zebra Wood and Wenge. While they are somewhat expensive compared to the Oak and Cherry I normally buy I think the two woods complement each other very well. I can foresee some custom jewelry boxes for my daughters made from this material in the future. Thanks for looking. Happy New Year!!

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Nice box, I lile contrastimg colours…. damn, I could use one….
 

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Wow and I mean wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!
what a wonderful tea box… kudos buddy !!!!!!
 

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Very nice tea box, great work.
 

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A great project done to perfection
 

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Thanks for the kind comments everyone!!
 

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Excellent tea box. Can you share with me the size of the box. LxWxH and thickness of sides. assume 1/4
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Buy a teabag for compartment size. You should know what brand the recipient drinks to make sure it will fit their brand. The sides are 1/2, the inner dividers are 1/4.
 

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Buy a teabag for compartment size. You should know what brand the recipient drinks to make sure it will fit their brand. The sides are 1/2, the inner dividers are 1/4.

- Madmark2
Actually the sides are 3/4 inch not 1/2 inch and the inner dividers are 1/4 inch. I thought about using 1/2 inch sides but find it better to use wider material for this type of project. Wider material gives you more meat to work with and less chance of having things crack when you are putting everything together. Personal preference. I don't have the overall dimensions written down or I would be happy to share. I design everything I do based on customer request so dimensions vary based on their desire. This one is designed to hold 10 different types of tea. As Madmark2 suggested find out the type of tea your recipient drinks and measure the packaging. In this case I had my customer bring me samples and I spaced the dividers accordingly. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be happy to help if I can.
 
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