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Walnut and Maple tea chest

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Project by RenaissanceMan posted 06-12-2016 02:00 PM 1552 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some nice maple lying around and figured (pun intended) I’d use it for a small tea chest. This is the first time I made half blind dovetails and they put my repair skills to the test. Luckily walnut end grain is forgiving so the repairs are hardly noticeable. I used rare earth magnets for the hinges as an experiment, it did work but I think I’ll use my ‘traditional’ hinges for the next chest I’m going to build.

The finish is a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and french polish. As in my other projects I did not use any electrical appliances, just elbow grease and a lot of free time.

Thanks for reading.





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#1 posted 06-12-2016 04:02 PM

You have certainly done a beautiful job with those hands. Looks great.

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#2 posted 06-12-2016 04:20 PM

That’s a beautiful tea box. Congratulations on your craftsmanship. I have a question: That’s maple with only BLO on it? The tone looks like it could be mistaken for cherry.

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2016 06:56 PM

That’s really cool looking, esp with the half-blinds visible on the front of it. Where did you find maple that looks like that? I need to get some!

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#4 posted 06-12-2016 06:59 PM

This is a beautiful box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 06-12-2016 09:25 PM

thats a beautiful box,great job on the dove tails and i love the contrast of woods.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 06-12-2016 09:54 PM

I can almost imagine running my hands over it. Really nice…

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#7 posted 06-12-2016 10:02 PM

As someone else suggested, pictures make you want to touch it. Very nice.

-- Gary, Florida

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#8 posted 06-12-2016 10:04 PM

beautiful tea box, love the Maple

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 06-12-2016 10:18 PM

Renmen, I admire the box you made. it shows a real devotion to craftsmanship and design. It uses classical techniques—like hand made dovetails—and yet you are not afraid to experiment with innovations like earth magnets. This box is a fascinating combination of concepts. While utilitarian in purpose, you have made the most of your material and craftsmanship; the wood and the joinery both look splendid. The finish appears flawless. I hope you will continue to take us along as your work evolves and grows. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 06-13-2016 02:24 AM

That’s really beautiful.

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#11 posted 06-13-2016 10:16 AM



That s a beautiful tea box. Congratulations on your craftsmanship. I have a question: That s maple with only BLO on it? The tone looks like it could be mistaken for cherry.

- Lenny

Hi Lenny, thanks! It’s a couple of coats of BLO (I think 4 or 5), then french polish. I thought the maple would be more white, but it became this deep somewhat reddish color immediately after the first coat of BLO. It does resemble cherry a bit now indeed.

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#12 posted 06-13-2016 10:17 AM



That s really cool looking, esp with the half-blinds visible on the front of it. Where did you find maple that looks like that? I need to get some!

- Matt Hegedus

Hi Matt, I actually got this piece of maple as a gift from my local wood guy, I ordered some walnut and maple boards and got this nice figured piece as a bonus :)

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Lenny

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#13 posted 06-13-2016 10:57 AM

Thanks for the response.

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

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#14 posted 06-14-2016 04:55 PM

Nice box

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 06-25-2016 01:25 AM

Nice work.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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