Tea Caddy

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Project by cheller posted 05-24-2009 03:15 AM 1527 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Meeting (Quaker church) I attend has a woven basket that’s been used for years to hold tea bags during coffee hour. During my month to set up coffee I noticed that the basket was on it’s last legs – one of the corners was broken. Being the industrious woodworker that I am, I decided to do something about it, and this is the result.

It’s walnut with a plywood bottom, all pieces were scrap. The sides are 3/8 inches thick, 1 1/2 inches high. The external dimensions are 13 1/2 X 6 1/2. The divider is 1/4” thick.

The corners are rabbeted, and the divider sits in a dado at each end. What you can’t see from these carefully staged pictures is that I had to add shims to the dividers – the dado ended up a little too wide.

The finish is a gel stain to even out the color, topped by a spray polyurethane. The spray poly was chosen for ease of application, though if I had it to do again I would probably make a different choice.

-- Chelle

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 03:40 AM

This one will last forever.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 05:35 AM

Nicely built caddy.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 07:28 AM

Looks Good!

I like the idea. I could use something like that at my house. Maybe just a little smaller.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 07:35 AM

Hey chelle
Nice thought I’m sure your church will really appreciate your super work for some time to come. it looks great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 12:31 AM

your grandpaw should have known better !
you seem to enjoy your work ,
it realy shows ,
congratulations !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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