Yes, it's a box; I think, but maybe not your cup of tea?

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We were struggling to come up with an idea for a 21st birthday present for a nephew who has almost everything. This was the result – a wacky container for his small change. We think he liked it. Lift the spoon and the lid lifts along with it.

I think the cup and saucer were laburnum and the spoon sycamore.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 2529 days ago

Stewart: A novel idea.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#2 posted 2529 days ago

Great project Stewart.And I really like your choice of woods.Sorta looks like Mocha.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#3 posted 2529 days ago

A coupe of tea with a little “Grouse” works for me.

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#4 posted 2529 days ago

Nice work, Stewart! That wood is gorgeous…

Another “one of a kind” creation.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 2529 days ago

very cool…very creative…i love it—-any more pictures???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 2529 days ago

There’s a cuppa for you. Fun!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 2529 days ago

brilliant. Haha. If he’s not sure whether he loves it yet, after a few friends give their “ooh ahhs”... he’ll be showing it off with pride and a smile.

Too cute.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 2529 days ago

Great idea…
Is it yew?
How did you fix the handle to the cup?

Trying to get decent wood here is impossible – woodturning just doesn’t happen as far as I can work out… I never thought I’d miss John Boddy’s prices…

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#9 posted 2529 days ago

Gives new meaning to a sippy cup!

Wonderful idea!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 2528 days ago

Excellent -

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#11 posted 2528 days ago

Again, thanks for the feedback all! Matt – that’s the only pic I seem to have taken before we gave it away. I suppose I didn’t envisage anything like LJ at the time. Duncan – as far as I remember, it was a laburnum branch for the cup & saucer; teak for the tea/coffee and ash for the handle. I shaped the handle’s mating surface to the cup and then reinforce the joint with some tiny dowels; probably cocktails sticks.
As for John Boddy’s, I called in there a couple of months ago, and for the first time in my life, came out empty handed. Stocks of interesting stuff had been run right down, and much of the area was taken up by boring flooring.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 2528 days ago

That’s thinking outside the box!!!

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#13 posted 2489 days ago

What a great idea! I showed my nine-year-old and she said, “that’s very clever!” I bet it was a lot of fun.

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#14 posted 2194 days ago

Neat idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 2185 days ago

that is pretty clever, thanks for posting it!

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