Tea Box

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 02-09-2009 01:40 AM 2739 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a tea box to hold her many types of tea bags. She had so many the box ended-up pretty-large, but I think it looks fairly nice. The sides are made of 1/2” Padauk and the dividers are 1/4” Maple. The top and bottom are 3/4” MDF veneered on both sides. My wife did the top and I veneered the other 3 faces. The veneer is largely curly cherry and other veneers for the cup. The Padauk just had a Danish Oil finish while the veneer is finished with Danish Oil and some Cherry stain. The maple dividers are natural with no finish. I’m still debating putting some kind of clear poly finish on the box.

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 03:05 AM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 05:06 AM

Very nice , I like the maple dividers they make a nice contrast.

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 10:18 AM

Nice box ,specially I like the marquetry part .Well done.

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 01:20 PM

Love the design on the top – nicely done.
And it looks like it does the job perfectly (and beautifully). I can imagine what guests say when asked if they would like some tea!

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 07:38 PM

Well done, very nice. I think a simple coat of shellac and maybe a coat of wax would bring some nice shine to the box…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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Bill Hall

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#6 posted 02-12-2009 08:19 PM

Nice! I’m working on a tea box right now. Any advice for cutting the dividers? That part scares me for some reason.


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#7 posted 02-13-2009 01:17 AM

Bill, since my box was square all I did was stack all the dividers together, raise the table saw blade half-way, and run the stack through. The only tricky part is making sure you’re cutting in the correct location. You flip the stack around for the end cuts and then line-up the middle. Then, you just stack the dividers together.

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#8 posted 02-13-2009 01:25 AM

Very nice job on the box.I could sure use one of those.

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#9 posted 05-30-2009 07:45 PM

I’m suprised I missed this one. Nice marquetry, cool box

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#10 posted 05-30-2009 07:50 PM

Your dear lady wife has good taste tell her I said so.If ever I come to tea I will be right at home god bless Alistair p.s happy brewing

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#11 posted 05-30-2009 08:26 PM

woooo this is sooo nice beautiful inlay and great box.

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#12 posted 08-07-2009 11:41 PM

WOW! I am a tea-aholic, too… AND I’M SUPER JEALOUS OVER THIS BOX!!! lol ;)

-- Tiffany Jeanne Balk ~ Labor, Live, Love, Learn, Repeat.

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