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Dovetail Tea Box

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Project by BassPimp posted 01-06-2015 02:44 AM 1021 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Christmas gift, dovetail box for tea. The woods are ambrosia maple and bubinga. This is my first attempt at hand cutting dovetails. I used the lee valley dovetail guide so it makes this easier to do, just cut them proud and hone them in. I bought some solid brass hinges from Rockler, they really rip you off for these. You have to be very careful with these things the screws are soft and shear easy.





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Boxguy

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 05:47 AM

BP, nice job on the dovetails. I like your wood selections. Kudos as well on your photography. You did a great job of showing off the grain in the mahogany. I like your general design.

In the interest of sharing, take a look at these. I like rounded corners and edges. It avoids the end grain look. This is my take on a tea box and my take using similar woods. You might want to try this hinge technique to get a good, strong hinge much, much cheaper. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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haskins

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 07:49 AM

Nice box and wood selection. What did you use on the top for finish?

-- father son woodworks

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majuvla

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 04:44 PM

Besides dovetails, which are realy great, I like this wood grains in contrasting colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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BassPimp

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 06:08 PM



Nice box and wood selection. What did you use on the top for finish?

- haskins


I sanded 220 320 600 1200 and 15 micron grit paper. The wood was actually shiny before any finish. I then used wipe on poly with a satin finish, 4 coats.

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Marty 529

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 07:12 PM

I love the colors. I have some wormy maple. I haven’t decided what to make out of it yet. The colors just amaze me. Very nice box.

-- Marty, Ohio

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BassPimp

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 02:36 AM



I love the colors. I have some wormy maple. I haven t decided what to make out of it yet. The colors just amaze me. Very nice box.

- Marty 529

Thanks I went with the maple because it was one of the cheaper boards at woodcraft around $13, because I didnt know how the dovetails would turn out being my first time. I did have to cut my first pin side twice because it was pretty rough. The figured bubinga was in the cutoff bin at woodcraft so the wood cost me less than $20 in total. Just got ripped off on the hinges.

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BassPimp

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 05:00 AM


BP, nice job on the dovetails. I like your wood selections. Kudos as well on your photography. You did a great job of showing off the grain in the mahogany. I like your general design.

In the interest of sharing, take a look at these. I like rounded corners and edges. It avoids the end grain look. This is my take on a tea box and my take using similar woods. You might want to try this hinge technique to get a good, strong hinge much, much cheaper. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy


BoxGuy you have an impressive amount of work posted. The amount of detail in the divider on the tea box is something to be proud of. By the time i got to the divider, i was ready for the next project and it was more of an after thought. This box was going to be based on andy’s art box but with dovetails. The figured bubinga was so dense that I didnt want to spend all that time carving and sanding. As a general rule I go simple design with wood that has crazy grain and more design with plainer wood.

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