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Pair of Double Dovetail Tea Boxes

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Project by Lenny posted 03-14-2016 12:48 AM 948 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 03-14-2016 12:53 AM

Super nice

-- dale

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 01:37 AM

Super fine fine fine Lenny. WowZa times 10!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 02:35 AM

Really cool boxes, very well done, great details.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 03:05 AM

Carefully made and designed boxes Lenny and you got the right idea about finishing the interior and also some nice thank you gifts which will be noticed and appreciated .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 03:25 AM

You’ve been Busy!!
Congratulations on the Great Results my Friend,
Very, Very Well Done…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 04:57 AM

great work lenny

nice to see your work again
keep ‘em coming

-- 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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#7 posted 03-14-2016 10:57 AM

Very nice work, Lenny.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Lenny

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#8 posted 03-14-2016 12:52 PM

Thank you everyone!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 03-14-2016 02:14 PM

Wow! These are so nice and I love the designs.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 03-14-2016 02:55 PM

Thank you Charles.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 03-14-2016 04:02 PM

Lenny;

Great Job, I am impressed with the dovetail joints. As you may remember, I have tried these and had problems with tear out. I got a little frustrated and have not tried them for some time. However, your projects have inspired me to give them a try again. I am going to get a sharp bit and maybe slow the speed of the router, and maybe that will help. I really like the walnut and maple box. Is the lid inlayed? It looks great.

Hope you are doing well. Have a blessed day.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Lenny

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#12 posted 03-14-2016 04:48 PM

Thank you John. The only wood I had serious problems with was bloodwood. With walnut, I will have an occasional episode of an area breaking off. If it is small, I just use walnut filler to repair it. To me, a sharp bit is the key factor.

The lid is not inlayed. Rather, it is just glued on.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 03-14-2016 06:37 PM

beautiful boxes – don’tcha just love Incra ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#14 posted 03-15-2016 10:18 AM

Double dovetail is awesome. You organized your tee supply very well. I miss that too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 03-15-2016 08:29 PM

Great work buddy, Love the joints as well. A+++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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