LumberJocks

QS padauk top tea box

  • Advertise with us
Project by harum posted 01-25-2017 07:46 PM 1295 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a floating panel mitered tea box (4-1/2”H x 9-1/2” W x 5-1/5” D) built from ribbon sapele for the walls, padauk for the top, and purpleheart for the bottom. I found that the article from FWW (2008?) “A Better Way to Build Boxes” by Doug Stowe with all the tips was sufficient to build a box like this. I finished it with several coats of blond shellac and then with a poly wiping varnish, with rounds of light sanding between coats. The padauk dividers were leftovers from the padauk hand plane project. The cocobolo miter keys were also cut-offs from the plane adjusting hammer.

This is a second box that I made and I found that the angle gauge is a great tool to get perfect 45 degree miters:

Its readings turned out to be quite reproducible. At the glue-up stage the miters closed up perfectly saving me from stress and gap filling!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."





10 comments so far

View splintergroup's profile

splintergroup

1706 posts in 1062 days


#1 posted 01-25-2017 10:02 PM

All those joins look excellent, even the hinge mortices are “perfect”!

View BB1's profile

BB1

858 posts in 688 days


#2 posted 01-25-2017 10:35 PM

Added this gauge to my wishlist!

Beautiful box with stunning wood selection/combinations. WOW

View harum's profile (online now)

harum

263 posts in 1483 days


#3 posted 01-26-2017 01:13 AM

I was surprised by the performance of this little angle gauge. I used it for setting odd angles on the table saw and on table saw miter gauge. Like for building this compound miter box covering the kitchen exhaust vent. It’s made of 3/4” poplar in the same shape as the hood and finished to resemble walnut.

To match the shape, angles like 35.4° or 76.8° had to be cut. All the parts have glued perfectly—no gap filling.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

View DRSWoody's profile

DRSWoody

63 posts in 1220 days


#4 posted 01-26-2017 02:14 AM

Love my Wixey angle gauge. I have their digital depth gauge too

-- R. Smith Central Iowa

View BenDupre's profile

BenDupre

531 posts in 328 days


#5 posted 01-26-2017 03:36 AM

Beautiful

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

View Boxguy's profile

Boxguy

2469 posts in 2108 days


#6 posted 01-26-2017 05:22 AM

Harum, nice work. I like the splines, the miters, the floating top, the fine hinges, the protruding bottom, the feet, the finger lift, and the finish. nice work. If this is meant to hold tea bags, I would suggest more and thinner dividers. You did great work on this tea box it show remarkable craftsmanship. The wixey is a great tool.

-- Big Al in IN

View harum's profile (online now)

harum

263 posts in 1483 days


#7 posted 01-26-2017 05:23 AM

DRSWoody: I see two depth gauges by Wixey.

Mini Digital Height Gauge WR 25, or
Digital Height Gauge with fractions (WR200).

Which one can be good for a router table and a table saw? Thanks.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

View harum's profile (online now)

harum

263 posts in 1483 days


#8 posted 01-26-2017 05:36 AM


Harum, nice work. I like the splines, the miters, the floating top, the fine hinges, the protruding bottom, the feet, the finger lift, and the finish. nice work. If this is meant to hold tea bags, I would suggest more and thinner dividers. You did great work on this tea box it show remarkable craftsmanship. The wixey is a great tool.

- Boxguy

Thanks, Alan! This is my second box, so I’ve learned from some of my mistakes. Yes, the dividers may need some tweaking. Thank you for the link. Your LJs page has been both a textbook of techniques and tips and an inspiration for me. I guess it would make a great how-to book, or a series.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

29208 posts in 2707 days


#9 posted 01-26-2017 02:41 PM

What a beautiful box this is. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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

View david38's profile

david38

3518 posts in 2183 days


#10 posted 01-27-2017 03:52 PM

nice build

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com