Tea Caddy

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Project by LukeCan posted 04-10-2018 03:04 PM 1261 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tea caddy that I designed and made to carry tea and tea things when I go on a trip. I like loose tea leaves and not “tea bag” tea.

It is my first go a doing such complicated veneer work but because of where I live I did not have access to large sheets of veneer so I used a Lee Valley sample pack I could put in my suitcase. That meant I needed a design that could cover the surfaces with smaller pieces and be interesting. I also wanted to try complex marquetry. Box was constructed with only hand tools since I live in an apartment.

The core is plywood.and edges are solid purpleheart.

Finish is blonde de-waxed shellac that was rubbed out.

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 03:21 PM

H luke Welcome to Ljs
That’s one fine looking Tea caddy, very nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 03:49 PM

Yes Luke Can!!! Very nicely done despite the limitations! I really like the interior design…

Welcome aboard!


-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 03:58 PM

Beautiful design and execution. It goes to show where there’s a will, there’s a way.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 04:14 PM

WOW that is stunning and welcome to LJ’s

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

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 05:08 PM

Very nice.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 05:23 PM

Very nice box. I especially like the tea pot and cup on the inside of the lid.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 08:59 PM

I think it’s a small work of art, a beautiful box. You should be very proud. Thanks for inspiring and Welcome

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#8 posted 04-10-2018 10:43 PM

Turned out great!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 01:02 AM

Very good veneer work, nice design great workmanship. Good looking box. I am also a tea drinker but I’m a bag man.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 04-11-2018 01:19 AM

Well done! Your work is exceptional.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 01:53 AM

Beautiful design and execution. It goes to show where there s a will, there s a way.

- awsum55

Great job! TIMES 5—for having to work under such adverse conditions!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 04-11-2018 02:34 AM

wonderful wish you have a build blog from start to finish again just amazing work

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#13 posted 04-11-2018 12:04 PM

Nice box!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 04-11-2018 12:25 PM

Really nice looking tea box. I agree with a previous comment that it would be great to see you do a build blog for your next project.

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#15 posted 04-11-2018 11:19 PM

great veneer design !!!

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