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Project by Barry Crowe posted 04-24-2014 07:46 PM 1114 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tea cabinet or apothecary. The cabinetry unit is meant to be a standard production item that can be installed within specialized cabinetry the customer chooses. The tea boxes are cedar and are meant to be taken out, and to work, if you feel like a particular tea on any given day. This housing cabinet is made from maple and is not stained, only finished with a clear latex varnish. The tea boxes are unfinished and unstained, to be food safe.

-- Supercrowe





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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 04-24-2014 08:10 PM

well if you are going to go into production with it, I would recommend maybe some box joints, to dress it up.
I don’t think I would like having the end grain facing out at me.

You can be food safe using shellac.. it’s actually already on most smooth pills, that and carnuba wax.

-- Jeff NJ

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Barry Crowe

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#2 posted 04-24-2014 11:20 PM

The end grain was more visually appealing than the other side, according to the customer. The next run will have mitered corners and a top lid that slides in grooves or dadoes. Rather than explaining what is food safe and what is not, I choose the simple route, no finish on the boxes. Thanks for the advice.

-- Supercrowe

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Matt in Franklin

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 12:31 AM

Interesting that your customer chose cedar for the inner boxes. You’d think over time that it would affect the scent of the tea. Unless they wanted tea with a hint of cedar.

Walnut would be nice. Expensive, but nice.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 04-25-2014 12:33 AM

I also like your idea of making tops that slide in grooves. That would help keep the air out of the tea.

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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Barry Crowe

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#5 posted 04-25-2014 01:08 AM

I chose the cedar. It was the only seasoned softwood I wad in any quantity. The teas are always bagged, or in a little aluminum can that fit in the boxes, so taste migration was not a concern. You know, even though it seems that making things like these are very simple, a lot is gained by doing some product development.

-- Supercrowe

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Nindwood

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#6 posted 04-25-2014 02:41 AM

Nice looking unit Barry. I need one like it in the shop for fasteners n stuff. Keep up the great woodwork.
Cheers

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab. http://www.trimandcraft.ca/

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