Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #8: Door work continues

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Blog entry by sras posted 02-19-2021 04:09 AM 570 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: More work on the doors Part 8 of Tea Bag Holder Cabinet series Part 9: The base is created »

I have one more set of details to add to the door – a set of 3 circular recesses.

First – make a template.

Then add cleats to locate the doors vertically.

And add cleats to lock in the position side to side.

Remove the doors to make sure there is no glue on them

Add a strap across the back to keep every thing in place

Set up a guide collar on the router table.

Cut all three pockets. I made several passes to get to full depth.

Then switch to the 1/16” roundover bit (with the bearing removed).

Round over the edges of each pocket.

Remove the doors from the template. Success!

Victory declared too soon. If you look at the picture of the roundover bit you can see it is quite dirty. That’s not dirt – it’s oil. The next morning greeted me with this.

I swabbed the oily area with a cotton swab soaked in denatured alchohol. 7 applications seemed to clear it up.

Next up is to remove the ribs that have been on the outside of the top and doors.

Get out the 1/8” roundover bit and radius the edges.

Then I rounded over the top edge of the doors. Some hand shaping was required here.

The next morning had the oil stains show up again – but not as bad.

4 more applications of alchohol got it back to clean.

We’ll see if I’m done with this cleanup. (Update: It took 2 more clean up sessions before I was done)

The last detail for the doors is a recess to add a small handle.

I clamped the doors together.

Set up the router table with a bit and stops

And cut the recess

That’s it for the doors. Next up is to work on the base and it’s details.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 02-19-2021 08:28 AM

This will be an exclusive tea cabinet! A lot of work you have on this little fellow.


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#2 posted 02-19-2021 11:39 AM

Lots of great detailed pics. Looking good sir

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-19-2021 03:05 PM

There is so much woodworking and skill packed into this little project

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#4 posted 02-19-2021 04:12 PM

Thanks everyone! So far so good… :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 02-19-2021 05:21 PM

Such Detail!

Sorry about the oil! Was it from a router bit bearing?

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

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#6 posted 02-19-2021 06:15 PM

Lew – It’s a good thing I like doing detail work. I’m pretty sure the oil came from the bearing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 02-19-2021 07:39 PM

Those circle details so nicely done, would have torn my nerves to shreds getting it just right.
This will really add to the project!!! WOW!!!

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#8 posted 02-19-2021 09:51 PM

Thanks Bruce!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 02-19-2021 09:57 PM

The door has the look of a beautiful old Art Deco radio.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 02-19-2021 10:21 PM

Thanks crowie! That’s the look I’m going for – only quite a bit smaller…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 02-20-2021 09:35 AM

sras, very cool build.

-- Petey

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#12 posted 02-20-2021 02:20 PM

Great build and blog.looking forward to seeing this finished.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 02-20-2021 04:04 PM


Bob – I’m looking forward to seeing it finished too :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 03-01-2021 10:29 AM

wow I hope you get a cup of tea after all this!

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 03-01-2021 02:17 PM

Thanks Rob – I did get the walnut :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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