Zebra Tea Box

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Project by newTim posted 05-18-2011 06:29 AM 2112 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished. This is a gift for my wife’s niece up in Paradise. When they visited in January! I had a bunch of boxes in various stages of completion and she said she really liked the zebra wood. So she gets the zebra wood tea box. Just as simple as that. The top is ebonized walnut. I’ve decided I actually like the ebonized maple better. I think the grain is tighter although the walnut works well too. Finish is spray lacquer out of a can, satin over semi-gloss, with polished renaissance wax.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 06:34 AM

Way to go NewTim! I’m liking the tea box.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 09:34 AM

I like this a lot. Nice job. How did you ‘ebonize’ the top? How thick are the box sides? 1/2”? Nice proportions.

-- Jim,

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 12:51 PM

Nicely done. A very attractive box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 01:21 PM

Earl Gray please…..very nice, professional display.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 05-18-2011 02:20 PM

very spiffy. nice wood combo also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 05:55 PM

Neat Tea box Tim, I really like the ebonized top….. very clean and “soft” looking!
Along with the zebrawood, perfect combination

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 01:29 AM

Jim… the sides are 5/8” thick. I used a dye I got from Woodcraft. I think it was Behlins? Anyway it was in a white plastic bottle. I’ve ebonized a few pieces and have never been satisfied with just the dye. I end up spraying on a coat of flat black paint on top of a couple coats (overkill) of dye and rub it down with one of those rough sanding pads to blend it all together. Then I just apply the final finish along with the rest of the box. On this box I used a spray lacquer out of a can. I’ve had some good results using a base coat or two of gloss and a couple top coats of satin. Then I like to apply renaissance wax and polish it up.

-- tim hill

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 02:07 AM

great looking box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 02:13 AM

Beautiful box…and will make a great gift….luckily it seems no one can have enough boxes….I give away tons every year…and still get requests for more. This one has real classic lines….and eye catching grain….very nice.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#10 posted 05-19-2011 02:14 PM

Yea, I’m digging this! Nice work Tim…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 05-22-2011 03:01 AM

so slick

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