|Project by Farles||posted 11-04-2007 04:11 AM||10597 views||20 times favorited||25 comments|
I built this tea chest for my wife. Lynn. She loves tea and all of her tea bags and boxes were all over the pantry and needed some organization. I got some ideas from magazines and the internet and then came up with a unique plan for some originality. I used Jatoba for the main sides and top sides. Poplar makes up the legs and internal dividers. The top is 13/16” thick solid Canarywood. The inside top and bottom are lined with aromatic cedar. Hardware from Lee Valley. We are big fans of Asian styles and motifs, hence the design and hardware. The outside was finished with 3 coats of Circa 1850 Antique Paste Varnish, buffed between coats with #0000 steel wool. The outside and cedar has a coat of Chapmans beeswax Polish (I debated on waxing the cedar but the smell was entirely overwhelming and I wanted to minimize smell transfers to the teas…the poplar is unfinished). Oh, and it may be hard to spot, but the top sides have a 1/8” band of Padauk (between the Jatoba and the Canarywood).
I entered the tea chest in a Home Depot competition today and got second place. Not bad for my first major small project! I walked away with a gift bag full of goodies and a DeWalt jobsite radio/charger. WOW!
-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!