Norwegian Tine Box

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Project by Green_Hornut posted 03-25-2011 04:04 AM 7005 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a couple of examples of Norwegian Tine (pronounced tina) Box that I made. The tine could be a container for the family valuables or as mundane as holding the day’s lunch. I worked off of Jim Anderson’s design that was published in American Woodworker. But his work is much more art than mine. My daughter was getting married in the replica stave church on Washington Island, Door County, WI and wanted traditional centerpieces for the reception. I of course agreed without ever having done bentwood before. It is pretty easy but time consuming. To save on wood for the forms I made them out of 3 inch foam insulation with plywood on each surface. If you’re going to go through all the effort of boiling water and bending you don’t want to do just one at a time. I had 5 forms for each size I made. I created many different variations on a theme with hard maple, cherry, and walnut. I made 26 of them and at the end of the night members of the wedding party and family were able to take them home as remembrances of the night. Finish was 2 coats Watco natural and then 8 coats of a poly varnish thinned to 50% and wiped on and off with a 0000 steel wool rubdown between coats
I toured Norway this past spring and saw some examples of tine at folk museums. I have to admit that running through my mind was that mine were better. Of course 1000 years ago they didn’t have table saws, planners, or band saws so we have to cut them a little slack ;-) I also made some round boxes with covers for the kransekaka but that is for another post.

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 04:25 AM

How unusual, never seen this type of box before, and I like both of them very much. Very well done. Thank you for posting.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 05:32 AM

WOW! Very nice.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 09:09 AM

Very good, thank you for sharing.

Tony Ward

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#4 posted 03-25-2011 10:18 AM

It’s a very nice tine. Its pronounced tine not tina. “kake tine”

-- Lars, woodworker from Norway.

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 10:23 AM

Hi ,
here you can see howe we do this in Norway or you can google for sveiping its the word for this work

-- Lars, woodworker from Norway.

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 12:47 PM

a very nice piece
thank you for sharing

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 01:14 PM

A wonderful job on these tina’s, both workmanship and design. I agree with you that yours look a lot better than what you see in the museums here. As you mentioned, tina’s were everyday items used for a range of practical purposes, and this is pretty much what you see here in the museums. However, quite a few craftsmen are still making them in Norway as a hobby, and many of them are truly remarkable. It’s good to see that you are making these to carry on the tradition so Americans with Norwegian ancestry can become acquainted with their for-bearers culture.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 01:22 PM

Wow! great job thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 04:49 PM

Very nice boxes, I will let you Norwegians settle the name, pronunciation bit, I like the design. Did you
make or buy the brass ornamentation/fasteners? Very wonderful wedding remembrances, and it is
always great when someone you love commissions your work, those hugs may not make it to the bank,
but they sure seem to last a lot longer. Welcome to Lumberjocks, and thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 04:54 PM

I think yours are better than Andersons-they have some soul and love in there. Great job!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#11 posted 03-26-2011 09:14 PM

Very nice, beautiful wood and great craftsmanship, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 06:17 PM

I think that you have done a great job, your tine boxes are beautiful.

By the way, the Norwegian word tine is pronounced very close to the English word tina.

-- Ken, Norway

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#13 posted 11-26-2013 02:43 AM

I accidentally ran across a picture of your Tine, while doing some work on my own website. Very well done. I am glad my plans and how-to stuff was clear enough.

Jim Anderson, Minnesota

-- Jim, Minnesota

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