Tea caddy

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Project by JeremyPringle posted 08-18-2011 05:05 AM 3224 views 12 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I read Glen Huey’s artical in a recent issue of PW, I knew I had to make one of my own. This was my first experiance with inlays. I made the 20 fans out of quilted maple and walnut veneer. I bought the banding, and the mahogany veneer on the edges I made from cut offs from the same board as the rest of the box. The circle inlays on the compartment lids are made from the same quilted maple as the fans. But I decided to try and sand shade them first, it worked ok, I figured out how to do it about half way through, but I still thought it needed more. So I used a #7 carving gauge to make the little half circles on the edges. It was a really fun project to make, and I look forward to the next one. In the mean time, I am hooked on veneer inlays and have been experimenting with ovals as well.

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#1 posted 08-18-2011 05:13 AM

Beautiful work. Welcome to the community of LJs.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#2 posted 08-18-2011 05:22 AM


The boxes being posted around here lately are unbelievable.

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

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#3 posted 08-18-2011 06:56 AM

Fantastic work! If this was your 100th piece with inlays, I would have been impressed. Since it is your first, I’m blown away.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 08-18-2011 08:09 AM

Beautiful box, love the inlays they are gorgeous. Very nice job, look forward to your next one.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 08-18-2011 08:45 AM

Hi, welcome to LJs – and really lovely work. Yes, looks like you’ve been doing it for ever! I look forward to more posts.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK

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#6 posted 08-18-2011 01:46 PM

Well done. Keep ‘em coming!

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

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 02:40 PM

Excellent Job Jeremy, on this, and all of your Work!!
Thanks for sharing it, and Welcome to LJ’s my Friend… Enjoy!!

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

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#8 posted 08-18-2011 03:37 PM

Jeremy, I have this project on my famous “to-do list”. When I first saw the plans, I started drooling. You nailed it! This is beyond a WOW!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 08-18-2011 05:08 PM

Very Fine Box, this work is outstanding, as stated, lately the boxes being displayed are fantastic, this one is no exception, for a first, all I can say is, You are truly gifted in the Art of woodworking, great job, welcome to lj’s and thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 05:12 PM

This is a really beautiful tea box, job well done Jeremy!
Welcome to LJ’s and we look forward to seeing alot more of your projects in the future.

Not having done any inlay with veneer, what kind of glue do you use to glue the edges together? and once you get the pieces in place, do you just “tape” them down for clamping pressure?

I really would like to try this…...

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 08-18-2011 05:27 PM

Looks as good or better as the one in the magazine. Excellent job!!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#12 posted 08-19-2011 04:45 AM

Welcome and great work on this tea box, plenty of detail and craftsmanship…BC

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#13 posted 08-19-2011 04:47 AM


-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 08-19-2011 06:28 PM

Very nice, awesome job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 02-19-2013 01:36 AM

WOW! wicked nice!
what’d you finish it with?

-- steve/USA

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