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Project by mdb5972 posted 93 days ago 696 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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”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





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DanielP

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#1 posted 93 days ago

Very nice, well made.

-- Dan P.

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 93 days ago

I like the box. The highlight is what appears to be a wooden hinge. Why no pictures of the back? The brass snap will work, but why did you choose wooden hinges and a metal snap? It would help readers if you focused on what is pictured, and not on what is not pictured. Still it is a nice story, and it is a super idea for a gift. I think I see that the bottom is also cloth lined. Nice touch.

If you have a little time you might consider working on your home page. It does not have to be too personal, but a little information and some kind of name helps us know a bit about where you are coming from.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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mdb5972

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#3 posted 92 days ago

@DanielP Thank you

@Boxguy

You are right, I will add a picture of the back to show the hinge. I was reading old entries and loved Shipwright’s entry about the wooden hinge method he used. Having a bunch of 16” old 3/32 welding rods sitting around for years.

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.

As to what is not shown, will get my daughter to get me some photo’s of hers to post. As I am not sure where the ones I had went. As to home page, I will look into that as I do not normally fill them out much.

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 92 days ago

MDB, thank you for the honor of such a thorough and thoughtful reply. You can amend your post by hitting the red “edit” in the upper right-hand corner of your original posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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