Another Tea Box

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Project by ellen35 posted 08-07-2011 11:58 AM 1667 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.
(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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#1 posted 08-07-2011 12:02 PM

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.

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#2 posted 08-07-2011 12:12 PM

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!


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

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 12:18 PM

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

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

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#4 posted 08-07-2011 12:19 PM

Wow, it’s amazing work!

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#5 posted 08-07-2011 12:26 PM

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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#6 posted 08-07-2011 12:45 PM

Another inspiring box. Very nice design and wood selection.

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#7 posted 08-07-2011 01:48 PM

Good stuff Ellen….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 08-07-2011 02:16 PM

This is one of my fav’s too Ellen!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 08-07-2011 02:47 PM

Nice one. The purple heart details work well.

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

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#10 posted 08-07-2011 03:23 PM

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.

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#11 posted 08-07-2011 03:35 PM

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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#12 posted 08-07-2011 04:46 PM

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 !!

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

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#13 posted 08-07-2011 05:03 PM

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

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#14 posted 08-07-2011 07:03 PM

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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#15 posted 08-07-2011 08:23 PM

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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