Spalted Maple and Cherry Tea box

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Project by Combo Prof posted 04-09-2017 03:56 PM 794 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a Tea Box I made for the 2017 Copper Country Chapter of the Trout Unlimited conservation banquet silent auction. I forgot to take pictures befor bringing it to the banquet so I apologize for the wash out pictures. The last photo shows the proud winner of the box. State Representative Scott Dianda who is serving his third term representing Michigan’s 110th House District. Winning bid was $80.

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This one I tried a different methods for making the divided inserts, setting the hinges and leveling the box. Power tools were only used for dimensioning the lumber and cutting the slots for the walnut splines. No sanding just deft use of card scrapers and planes. The finish is two coats of BLO and MS followed by two coats of tru-oil.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 03:59 PM

Nice tea box. Nice bid too!

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 04:45 PM

Looks great.

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#3 posted 04-09-2017 05:19 PM

Nice work Don!

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#4 posted 04-09-2017 06:32 PM

you did a great job

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#5 posted 04-10-2017 01:45 AM

Nice tea box, I have been thinking of making one.

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#6 posted 04-10-2017 04:41 AM

Don, nice work. I see you tried the attached lid, chain stop and splines. The finish looks great. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 04-10-2017 05:02 AM

Beautiful, Don!

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#8 posted 04-10-2017 11:00 AM

Nicely done !
Tea boxes make great gifts too.

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#9 posted 04-10-2017 11:08 AM

Excellent work

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#10 posted 04-10-2017 02:27 PM

What a beautiful tea box. There are lots of nice details on this box and the craftsmanship is wonderful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 02:30 PM

Thank you all for the generous comments.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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