Tea box for the wife

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Project by happy_budah posted 02-03-2010 09:36 PM 2507 views 15 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project that used some of my scraps and had some neat and unexpected details. I used tiger maple for the top, leopard wood for the box and spalted maple for the keys and back stand with cherry dividers. I was realy pleased with how the spalting pattern turned out in the keys. The bottom is saple veneer. i fininshed ot with a coat of tung oil. all coments and tips welcome!

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 09:41 PM

That is so cool. I love the way the keys turned out.

Thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 02-03-2010 09:46 PM

nice, i love tha splines

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 09:59 PM

Really neat… great combo of woods…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 10:13 PM

I’ll bet your wife has the nicest tea box in town (and far beyond). Nice work!

-- Dave O.

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 10:22 PM

The keyed joints look killer.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 10:27 PM

Great job very tricky and a great tea box too.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 10:45 PM

Big beefy Splines/keys Looks very nice

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 02-03-2010 10:54 PM

WOW! The color combo looks great, and the keys are awesome.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 02-03-2010 10:56 PM

I agree – the keys set it off.. Well done.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 12:47 AM

I too liked the keys. The different woods go very well together. A beautifully done tea box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 01:55 AM

I want to start drinking tea the hot kind. and maybe you will make me one fantastic work thank you for the post


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#12 posted 02-04-2010 02:12 AM

That is very nice! Beautiful woodgrain.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 02:26 AM

Well done. The use of spalted wood for the keys was a brilliant idea. Great Job.

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#14 posted 02-04-2010 02:48 AM

Impressive, imaginative…. fantastic box!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 02-04-2010 03:22 AM

The contrast between the leopard wood and spalted keys is magnificent! I have yet to try the dovetail keys…you got me thinking.. Beautiful Job!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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