Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by sras posted 02-05-2021 06:01 PM 668 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few years ago a friend gave me several walnut boards that came from a tree in his father in law’s yard. Rather than pay him I offered to build something for him. After some discussion we settled on a box for a set of tea bag holders that his wife uses.

There are 4 in the set. After more years than I care to admit I have a chance to get to this build. We settled on a small cabinet with Art Deco styling taken from old radios. Both the bag holders and the radios are from a similar era.

I’m going to choose to not reveal the design until the project is done. On to the build.

Pieces were cut oversize and left to stabilize for a couple weeks. The wood is very stable. A slight amount (around 0.010”) of twist showed up that was easily removed.

I’m using the stepped surfaces that waterfall from the top to the front that are in the 2nd example pic above. I cut the recess for the first step with two passes on the router table. I used a 3/4” straight bit.

The longer piece is for the doors and is wider than the top to allow room to cut the door panel into 2 pieces later.

I’m leaving a small strip along the outer edge until later. This will help keep the parts stable while doing various operations.

The next cut is to round over the edge with a 1/8” ovolo bit. I’ll try to get a picture of that in the next entry.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 02-05-2021 07:48 PM

That’s gonna be beautiful, Steve!

Age Spoiler Alert!

I remember listening to “The Shadow” on a large floor model radio of similar design.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-05-2021 09:02 PM

Thanks Lew! Those radios were a bit before my time – but not by much! :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 02-06-2021 03:40 PM

This is looking interesting, can’t go wrong with the art deco style.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 02-06-2021 03:42 PM

Thanks Tim! Lot’s of options with art deco!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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