|Project by mdb5972||posted 04-25-2014 08:39 PM||1299 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Was looking to make my daughter a small travel tea box, to carry a variety of tea for when she is out camping or to take to work. Idea came when she mentioned that she was the only one that drank tea when she went camping. Wanted something sturdy enough to be tossed into a bag but not too big. But also to have enough tea in it to make a couple days of tea and/or more than a cup a container.
Not sure where the photos of her’s went. Her’s was also Red Cedar but more the white vs the red-ish. So made myself this one for a quick cleanup of left overs from the Tea Chest project. Rubber writing mats (from a cleanup job I did) for the outside facing, and cloth from the sewing room.
This one is similar but an experiment in looks. So the top and bottom are hardboard lined on the outside with rubber and cloth on the inside. Were her’s was solid 1/4” wood for the top and bottom and lined inside. Made with 3/8” thick sides, easier to do the wood hinge. Got the tins (1 7/8”) from Lee Valley’s Watchmaker’s for a couple $’s; a set of 12, put 6 into my daughters, had six left. 1/4” divider was half-lap, and made to be removable.
Original box was to be magnets for holding the box closed, but I started thinking about her putting it in her purse and I have had cards demagnetize the swipes in the past. The bright brass snap was the only one I could find locally of about the right size and was actually meant for a Cantilever “Artist Box” for my other daughter that I had been drafting up. Would have preferred an “old brass” swing latch, but Lee Valley did not have those to this size. And currently have not found another alternative to pick up parts like that local. The lining of both top and bottom was to cushion the tins so they would not rattle as much in the box when carried in a bag.
”Add 1 teaspoonful of tea per cup, and ‘one teaspoonful for the pot’. Generally speaking, 3 teaspoonfuls of good quality tea in a two-cup teapot works fine.” Aaahh…. I like mine stronger.. But gave me a measure.
1 7/8” watchmaker’s tins were used as big enough to have a couple cups, but not too big that it wasn’t really carry size. The tins hold about 4-5 teaspoons of fine grain loose tea, idea was 2-3 cups or a small pot of tea per tin. If it wasn’t to carry would have gone with better tins, in quality and a larger size.
dimensions: ~ 7 1/8”l x 4 7/8w x 1 11/16h