Tea Box

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Project by Greg Wurst posted 1995 days ago 2104 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 1995 days ago

Very cool!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 1995 days ago

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

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 1995 days ago

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

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#4 posted 1994 days ago

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!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 1993 days ago

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 1991 days ago

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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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 1991 days ago

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.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 1991 days ago

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

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#9 posted 1884 days ago

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

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#10 posted 1884 days ago

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

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 1884 days ago

woooo this is sooo nice beautiful inlay and great box.

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#12 posted 1815 days ago

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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