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There was a Birch tree across the street from my home that had died. When they finally dropped the tree, I asked for the rounds. I let them sit for about six months, then milled it on my band saw. These sat for another few months. The spalting was pretty remarkable. I left the walls pretty thick, as I have read the Birch is not real stable. I was given some old oak flooring from a friend and milled it to 3/16 for the dividers. The bottom of the box got some flocking, the floor being some veneered MDF. I used barrel hinges for this build; I finally got the hang of using these guys. PERFECT layout is essential. I wanted to showcase the ebony miter keys so when I cut off the top, I cut just below the spline to show it off. The thumb pull is also ebony that is mortised into the lid.
This box is designed to hold tea bags. My in laws are BIG tea drinkers.
It is very satisfying to go from log to finished box. These photos do not convey the colors and nuances of the finished product.
I applied some tung old about a week ago, then shot four coats of gloss lacquer rubbed out and waxed.
Thanks for looking.

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A great save from the firewood pile. The 3rd picture really shows how nice the spalting looks on some of the boards. I have never worked with spalted wood, was there any problems when planing it?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI
 

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Noticed the splines on the lid right away. Nice idea, it looks good. I've also wondered about using barrel hinges, those look really nice. The box has a really nice rustic look to it with the spalted wood. Great job!
 

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Very nice and a great save

Jamie
 

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Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick
 

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Very nice job. I have 3 dead river birch trees near me that I now feel compelled to go get!

There seem to be 2 types of barrel hinges at Woodcraft: Pricy and cheap. If I may ask, which did you use?
 

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Beautiful job both in using the wood to its best advantage and great craftsmanship
 

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rtbrmb; This stuff seemed to plane very well. There was one board where the grain went the other way, it tore out a little, but no big deal.

bygrace: Barrel hinges are pretty simple to install. The hole MUST BE EXACT.

gfadvm: I paid 6 or 7 dollars each. A little steep, but well you know, I had my dark little heart set on barrel hinges.
 

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Great salvage, great job
 

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That good old adage comes true for you Jumbojack … "Patience is a virtue!!" That is a beautiful looking
Birch-wood tea box … and I really like the Ebony enhancement! You are a natural, with natural!!
 

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Very nice tea box, the spalted birch looks really beautiful and the ebony splines are a great addition. Thanks for sharing a well made box project.
 

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Nice work all around. A very satisfying project to share with your family.
 

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Looks amazing, really like your choice of wood and cut right below the splines!
 

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Thanks for the reply. I think those are the "better" ones.
 

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I. Like. It.
 

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Beautiful tea box!!...............Jim
 

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Like the one I just posted a nice save of the wood and a very nice box.
 
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