Tea Boxes

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Project by paxorion posted 04-24-2016 02:29 PM 1753 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first got into woodworking (that is, when my wife talked me into trying it 6 years ago). I asked her what I can make her. She said that tea boxes to organize her tea would be nice.

So on 12/26/2015, I decided I should finally get to making her the tea boxes as the 2015 Christmas present ;-). It ended up taking about 2 months of on and off work.

I ended up batching out 3 boxes: 2 for my wife and 1 for my in-laws. The larger boxes are made of ambrosia maple have 12 sections for standard tea bags. The dividers are not glued, but rather half-lapped to make the boxes reconfigurable. The smaller box is made of cherry, sized to fit the Costco green oversized tea bags. Construction is mitered joints reinforced with splines. The piano hinge is a piano hinge that was mortised in to let the lid close flush. The finish is an oil-varnish blend made of linseed oil and Arm-R-Seal diluted (slightly) with mineral spirits.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 04-24-2016 04:12 PM

Very nice and a great gift idea. Thanks for posting this.

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 12:58 PM

Paxorion, these look very serviceable and show that you have mastered all the basics of building a nice looking and well proportioned box. Fine job. I like your choices of wood and your finish looks great. The splines should help hold the box together for generations. Here are some things you might want to consider on future boxes. You could round over the internal edges a bit more to make them more finger friendly. You might want to increase the length of your hinge. You might consider attaching the lid to the box and then cutting off the top. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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