|Project by Lenny||posted 03-14-2016 12:48 AM||868 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
These are a pair of tea boxes I recently completed. One is made from curly maple and walnut, the other from cherry and walnut. The boxes feature double dovetail joinery made with my Incra LS Positioner. The cherry box measures out at 10” square and 4-1/2” tall, including the lid. The curly maple box is slightly smaller in width/length but the same in height. Regarding the finish, I struggle with an issue pertaining to solvent odor that gets trapped inside the box. With these boxes holding tea, I don’t like that. I have taken to finishing the inside with a water-based poly. Because I feel water-based finish does not do justice to most woods, I usually choose an oil finish for the outside. For these boxes it’s Watco Danish Oil (natural) followed by Watco satin wax.
A family member asked me to make the cherry box as a gift to her friend. I made the curly maple one to give as a gift to the cardiac care unit of a local hospital, as a token of my family’s appreciation for the care provided to a relative.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI