Tea Bag Holder Cabinet #11: Finishing touches

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by sras posted 03-19-2021 03:30 AM 566 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Inserts for doors Part 11 of Tea Bag Holder Cabinet series no next part

Since this cabinet is so small I ended up buying some artists brushes for oil paints.

They really helped with the application of the oil based polyurethane.

I built up several coats to get a fairly glossy finish. I decided to finish the ebony strips separately to prevent any finish build up along them.

I also took care to keep the grooves free of finish.

I let the parts set for a week to give the finish time to harden. Then it was only a matter of gluing the strips in and screwing the pieces together.

The final step was to glue felt to the base. I masked the box.

Then I wrapped it in paper.

I used a coat of spray adhesive on the base and the felt.

Then I trimmed the felt with an Exacto knife.

After everything was done I set up my “photo booth” and took several final photos.

This concludes the blog. I’ll wait to post a final project until after I’ve given it to the recipient.

Update: The project is now posted here

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

9 comments so far

View Dutchy's profile


4099 posts in 3253 days

#1 posted 03-19-2021 06:56 AM

I never could have wait a week.


View sras's profile


6112 posts in 4213 days

#2 posted 03-19-2021 01:00 PM

Dutchy – it helps that I was gone camping for 5 days :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Bobsboxes's profile


1667 posts in 3748 days

#3 posted 03-19-2021 01:35 PM

This has been fun watch this come together, great blog.

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

View sras's profile


6112 posts in 4213 days

#4 posted 03-19-2021 01:46 PM

Thanks Bob!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View lew's profile


13357 posts in 4839 days

#5 posted 03-19-2021 03:23 PM

Thanks for sharing the ride, Steve! I really enjoyed seeing how you planned and executed this project.

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

View splintergroup's profile


5133 posts in 2306 days

#6 posted 03-19-2021 03:32 PM

Great read Steve! I’m assuming we’ll get to see the final form under “Projects” soon?

I love the loads of detail you designed in.

Trimming that felt is always a “joy” 8^)

I’ve found that sharp scissors held at 45 degrees works well for the straight sections, the sharp exacto is the only solution I’ve found for anywhere else. There has to be an easier way, the felt cutting process can be quite grueling.

View sras's profile


6112 posts in 4213 days

#7 posted 03-19-2021 04:14 PM

Thanks Lew – glad you enjoyed it

splinter – I’ll do a projects post in a week or two. I first want to deliver it and that will take some scheduling. And yes the felt cutting was a challenge. I did nick the wood a couple times – the tiny artist brush came in handy to touch that up. My wife has done the scissor trim before and it looked better than my knife work. I need to get a good pair of scissors in the shop.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

View Calmudgeon's profile


479 posts in 2511 days

#8 posted 03-28-2021 02:02 PM

Thanks. Very instructive build.
And thanks for including the screw-ups and your impressive fixes. It’s re-assuring to know that other more talented builders also have those @#$% moments.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

View sras's profile


6112 posts in 4213 days

#9 posted 03-28-2021 03:24 PM

Calmudgeon – Thanks for the comment – I have to admit I didn’t include ALL the screw-ups. I figured everyone had seen enough :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics