|Project by ellen35||posted 07-10-2011 08:58 PM||2082 views||5 times favorited||23 comments|
This past week, I decided to make a couple of tea boxes for a fair next week. I particularly like making tea boxes because they allow me to be creative and, being a boxaholic, they fulfill one of my primal needs! The first tea box is made of aspen with a bookmatched zebrawood top. It has walnut egg crate inserts and a single simple walnut key in each corner. I usually round off the corners of my boxes but decided to leave these pretty sharp. The second box is made using maple box with a wonderful knot I found several years ago on a thin piece of maple – I used this in a walnut frame to enhance the contrast between the frame and the knot. The knot looks very much like a horseshoe crab (use your imagination I used lap joints to make the frame for the insert. The egg crates are walnut again and they single key is also walnut. I didn’t put any handles on the covers as I didn’t want to take away from the beauty of the wood (I got several opinions on whether to put a small handle on the top and the consensus was a resounding “no”. The top does extend over the front and sides by 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch respectively making it easy to open from the front. Everything is finished in water based poly – this was a recommendation from moonls and I have grown to like the finish very much. Clean, cool and very easy to apply.
Thanks for looking!
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