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Project by MrHudon posted 1708 days ago 1829 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recent project of mine.
I enjoy making early american style furniture and adapting the pieces for modern use.
The Caddy is Cherry with hand dovetailed constuction. Modeled after the 18th century boxes the wealthy used to lock up their tea for safe keeping. Antiques of this sort would have lead or tin linings to keep the tea fresh, modern tea packets fit fine in this one.

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1708 days ago

Nice Tea Caddy!

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majeagle1

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#2 posted 1708 days ago

Very nice indeed!!
Nice design and well done on the handcut dovetails!!!!

Thanks for sharing and welcome to Lj’s, the most addictive site on the internet !

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huff

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#3 posted 1708 days ago

Great looking Tea Caddy! The handcut dovetails look really tight, nice job. Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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dustyal

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#4 posted 1708 days ago

Thank you… well done. I was trying to think of a box my wife would enjoy… and she is an avid tea drinker. this would work. Mind sharing the overall dimensions? I can probably guess… but I’m wrong most often…

Nice DT’s. Jig cut just wouldn’t work on this design… excellent reproduction of a period piece. Very functional, too.

I guess the boxes didn’t work all that well for tea. A lot of it ended up in the Boston harbor as I understand it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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dustynewt

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#5 posted 1708 days ago

Beautiful box. A future heirloom for sure. Welcome to the LJ community.

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trimtrac

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#6 posted 1708 days ago

very nice, I especially like the lid construction, really nice grain to boot!!

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MrHudon

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#7 posted 1708 days ago

Thanks all..
Dustyal : The overall Dimensions 9”x 5”x 5” High made from 3/8” stock.
The lid is from some cherry crown molding thrown in for free when I bought a couple of cherry boards at a yard sale.

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 1708 days ago

Mark, this is a really nice box that you have built. I like the exposed dovetails and the lid construction adds a nice look to the box while making use of “scrap” material. I have serveral pieces of crown that I just could not bear to toss and this certainly gives me some inspiration of what use to put them to.

How did your finish the box?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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MrHudon

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#9 posted 1708 days ago

Scott, I actually bickered with the guy selling the wood. I didn’t think I had any use for the molding, of the 60 odd feet he gave me I think I’ve used about half of it so far. The price of cherry around here is $6-7 a bd ft so I’ve been really creative cutting down and re-using the molding.

To give the box an aged look I made a concoction of yellow shellac and some burnt sienna powered pigment (stuff I’ve had forever and have no clue where it came from).
It didn’t mix all that well and it caked a little on the left side, but I thought it added to the “old look” so I left it. After a couple of coats of this mix with buffing in between with a scotch pad I applied a few coats of Minwax hand rub varnish.

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 1708 days ago

It does look like you achieved an “aged” look for the cherry from the photos. I have never tried using artist colors to tint cherry before but may have to experiment with some since I am always open to new methods for finishing cherry.

Here cherry is pretty common and I can get KD select cherry for $2.40 a bf and 4+ inch crown for $1.85 a linear foot. Cherry happens to be my personal favorite wood with which to work. The economical aspect in this area is a bonus but I would still use it even at $6-7 a bf.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1697 days ago

Hi Mark
This is a wonderful classic tea caddy,great wood very fine workmanship

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daltxguy

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#12 posted 1654 days ago

Nice work, Mark.

I was curious about the size after seeing the tea in the last pic. I did read above that the box is 9×5x5. So that is one BIG tea bag you got in there. Do you sell an antiqued barrel as a cupl?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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MrHudon

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#13 posted 1654 days ago

Hi Steve,
That’s a “The Republic of Tea” full leaf round eco bag. Some kind of fancy tea that was given to me by a shop owner when I was showing her the tea chest. It just happens to fit in the tea chest. The tea bag itself is 3” dia in a 3 1/2” sq pkg.
I drink coffee by the barrel full, only occasionally a spot of tea.

-- Mark, www.mrhudon.com

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