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Project by ellen35 posted 1110 days ago 1533 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another tea box I finished this week. It is made using maple with a rosewood frame (rosewood given to me by Dusty56 – thank you, Len). Because it was so plain, I added 2 inlays of purpleheart to the top which I left proud. As you can see, I extended the frame about 5/8 inch over the edge of the box on 4 sides and angled the overhang to 22 degrees on the ends. Usually, I square it off on the back for hinge placement and use a thin chain stop, but this one extends 1/2 inch all around and the overhang in the back acts as a hinge stop. The egg crate dividers are made using walnut. I finished it using 4 coats of water based poly. It goes off to the Artisan’s Fair this Friday… I think this is one of my favorites!
Thanks for looking.
Ellen
(and yes, I admit to being a boxaholic!! Tea boxes are among my favorite boxes to design and build!)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire





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BritBoxmaker

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#1 posted 1110 days ago

Nothing wrong with making boxes, Ellen. Definitely nothing wrong with this one. The Purpleheart accents and overshot ends on the top trim add something to it. Good box.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1110 days ago

This is really pretty, Ellen. I love the simplicity of it. The inlay is a beautiful accent and sets it off wonderfully. I really like it!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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degoose

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#3 posted 1110 days ago

What Martyn said.. I agree… nice work..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Hensonnnnn

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#4 posted 1110 days ago

Wow, it’s amazing work!

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Lenny

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#5 posted 1110 days ago

Very nice Ellen. It is evident that you have a knack for design elements. You think out of the box (no pun intended) and come up with eye pleasing designs. This is a great box.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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will delaney

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#6 posted 1110 days ago

Another inspiring box. Very nice design and wood selection.

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#7 posted 1110 days ago

Good stuff Ellen….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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sedcokid

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#8 posted 1110 days ago

This is one of my fav’s too Ellen!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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RogerBean

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#9 posted 1110 days ago

Ellen,
Nice one. The purple heart details work well.
Roger

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

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shipwright

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#10 posted 1110 days ago

Very Nice Ellen. Innovation is always a good thing

Keep up the fine work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 1110 days ago

It’s always a pain to make those mitered corners on the trim just perfect. Looks like you’ve come up with an attractive solution for that problem. :-)

Very pleasing and unique design, Ellen.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 1110 days ago

Such a wonderful and unique design , Ellen !!
The colors work well with each other and I like the added touch of the “proud” Purpleheart accents : )
The Walnut dividers are great as well…are you resawing it to that thickness yourself or buying it that way?
I believe you’ve given me some inspiration as to what to use a nice piece of Bloodwood and some highly figured Tiger Maple or Blistered Maple on : )
Thanks and have a great day !!
Len

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Woodwrecker

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#13 posted 1110 days ago

Beautiful work Ellen.
Your design decisions just keep getting better.
Nice job!

-- Having fun...Eric

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itsmic

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#14 posted 1110 days ago

Sharp looking box, cool design and the overhang hinge stop is a good idea, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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littlecope

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#15 posted 1110 days ago

Great Job Ellen, a Fine Looking Tea Box!!
Do you have another one in the works yet??

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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