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Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #9: The base is created

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Blog entry by sras posted 03-01-2021 04:08 AM 704 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several distractions over the past several days meant the base took a while to complete.

First was to create a template for a document slot. A little creative clamping.

And we have a template.

Set the router table up with a guide bearing bit and double stick tape the template in place.

And we have a pocket roughed out.

All that was left was to square up the corners.

The rest of the base work involves several settings on the router table. Last time I tried to count I came up with over 40 different positions of bit depth and fence stops.

I added a sacrificial layer to the base and prepared a couple setup blocks.

Here are some views of the cutting sequence.

I did my best to get each of these cuts positioned to better than 0.005 inches. The details are mirrored on the other side.

I then repeated the entire process with my 1/16” bit (with no bearing). This time I cleaned the bit first :)

And here is the result. You can see a little bit of tearout but after this effort invested in the part I’ll do my best to work with it.

Next is to add an access relief to the document slot in the back. I used a chamfer bit and fence stops.

And then repeat the process on the lower back of the box.

I put together a description of the history of the tea bag holders and the wood used in this cabinet. My wife then created a little booklet and envelope for it.

It’s a perfect fit in the pocket!

The finger relief provides just enough access.

The final step for the base is to provide for screws to fasten it to the box.

A total of 4 screws are used

That takes care of the construction of the box and the base. Next up is the inserts for the doors – all 14 of them.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive



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#1 posted 03-01-2021 07:32 AM

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 10:32 AM

well done, at first I thought it was going to be instructions on how to use a tea bag!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 01:41 PM

Very nice, great story and pictures.

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

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 02:16 PM

Thanks for the comments!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 04:30 PM

i don’t even drink tea and i want this box!

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#6 posted 03-01-2021 04:50 PM

Thanks Notw – I don’t drink tea either :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 06:47 PM

All I can say is WOW!

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

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#8 posted 03-01-2021 06:49 PM

Thanks Lew!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-01-2021 08:29 PM

This has to become a family heirloom with the effort and detailing your putting into it Steve, even if you don’t drink tea!

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

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#10 posted 03-01-2021 09:36 PM

OMG so a job well done is going to be the only reward !

I might have consider smuggling some beer to you!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 03-01-2021 10:44 PM

crowie – The bag holders are already a multi-generation item so I certainly hope the cabinet becomes part of that

Rob – I do happen to drink beer :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 03-01-2021 11:32 PM

OK I am working on how to ensure it will survive standby

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 03-02-2021 01:35 AM

Well Rob, I certainly was not expecting that. But I guess if I am willing to offer generosity I can accept some as well :)

If it becomes too much of a hassle don’t worry about it.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 03-02-2021 08:24 PM

give me a few weeks a s I am in Sydney with No1 son unloading his shipment of electric bikes should be home by early Apr latest.

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 03-03-2021 04:05 PM

Take your time! Summer is a good time for beer :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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