|Project by Boxguy||posted 04-27-2014 03:18 AM||1923 views||24 times favorited||19 comments|
Thanks for looking at this project. Any comments and suggestions are appreciated and welcome. I will reply to all of you Lumberlanders out there who take time to “have your say” in the next 24 hours, so check back for feedback. There is a tutorial index at the end of this posting that will show you how to build the jigs and learn the techniques for building boxes like this tea box. You can find a new, extensive tutorial on sizing tea boxes and using Venetian blinds as dividers by clicking here.
Pictured is a small tea box (10 3/4” long, 6 inches wide, and 4 1/2” high) made of woods local to southern Indiana. The top is Honeylocust and the sides are Black Cherry. The corner splines are Black Walnut. The inside dividers are made of recycled Venetian blinds.
Story: This top board has many nice things going on I like the grain and the striations the flow along. It looks really nice next to cherry and I wanted to make a tea box that would celebrate these colors and woods.
On the bottom, I used the faux-feet design that Andy developed. They are made with the same roundover bit I used for the top. I just stopped the router cuts before I got to the corners. It gives the box a nice light look.
Focus: This tea box uses wooden Venetian blinds for dividers. I won’t go into that here since it is covered in this tutorial. Here are some previews of the tutorial.
Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
-- Big Al in IN