Building a box for my bride to store her different types of tea in. This is to be a Christmas present. I looked at many examples of “tea boxes” and my final design incorporates elements of several. It will be a walnut box with an integrated wooden hinge and a wooden latch buried in the front panel, or at least that’s what I’m attempting. Purchased some rough 4/4 walnut from a lumber mill in NE TN, about an hour drive into the mountains from my home. After planing and then cutting the 45s for the corners on the table saw I cut the grooves for the splines on the mitre saw. I felt it was safer for me to fixture the sides so that I could cut the grooves with them lying flat on my compound mitre saw since I couldn’t figure out how to cut them on my table saw. Worked out pretty well. Fit the splines.
Put the wood down to finish up the design of the hinge and latch details.
-- Dan, TN