Curly Maple Apothecary Tea Cabinet

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Project by Purplelady posted 06-24-2016 11:52 PM 1504 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My husband has been expanding his tea bag collection and has almost overtaken my spice cabinet. Well, I had to do something about that! So I made him a cabinet to keep his tea bags in. The cabinet is meant to hang on a shaker pegboard. It is made out of recycled curly maple. The hangers are cherry and the turned knobs are cherry.

It was a good way to practice hand cutting dovetails. There are 96 of them.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#1 posted 06-25-2016 12:46 AM

WOW! That’s awesome! And obviously LOVE at work—not only for hubby, but love for hand tools! Ya done good!

Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 06-25-2016 02:21 AM


What a wonderfully detailed tea cabinet! The recycled maple is gorgeous and the workmanship is perfect . . . and to think the dovetails are hand-cut. Everything about the cabinet is top-notch. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 06-25-2016 03:07 AM

Truly fantastic.

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#4 posted 06-25-2016 05:57 AM

So many dovetails – look beautiful.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-25-2016 09:57 AM

way, way cool – not only the curly maple but the dovetails are awesome.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 06-25-2016 02:23 PM

This apothecary cabinet turned out beautifully. It has a lot of nice character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#7 posted 06-25-2016 08:46 PM

Absolutely beautiful cabinet. Love the hand cut dovetails.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#8 posted 06-25-2016 09:15 PM

That’s really really nice!!!


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#9 posted 06-26-2016 04:32 AM

Nice work, very clean.


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#10 posted 06-26-2016 08:15 PM

Stunning, dovetails are beautiful! really nice!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#11 posted 06-29-2016 01:41 AM

Nice! Recycled curly maple….recycled from what? I’m curious…..

-- Dave Heishman, Blue Ridge Tree

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#12 posted 06-29-2016 01:19 PM

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments.

Nice! Recycled curly maple….recycled from what? I m curious…..

- BRTree

A childhood home of a friend was being torn down. She knew the wood work was curly maple and invited several that were interested to come help deconstruct and take the wood. I only took a few pieces. Most went to her brother which, was only right. I was very happy with what I got! My little 2 knife lunchbox planer did NOT like curly maple and tried to eat it up. I ended up resawing to 1/2 thickness, hence a small cabinet.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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