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Mom's Tea box, my first box joints

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Project by rweitz posted 12-20-2011 04:24 AM 1500 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another gift – and my first attempt at some box joints, – and also reclaimed wood.

The thing I like best about first projects is that I can give them to mom and she still loves them, flaws and all.
I used my miter gauge extension that I built and added a box joint jig to it for this project. It only does 1/4” joints, but that’s fine by me. I thought I had posted about my miter gauge but I can’t find it. I guess more pics on that project later.

The wood for this project came from a old pallet. It looked like mahogany, but much of it was very soft and almost as light as balsa wood. I was also able to try my hand for another first on my bro-in-law’s planer, its’ more like a thicknesser in this case. I planed all the wood to 1/2 before I started and then just tried to come up with some ideas on what to make. Also you might note there is a band of a different wood, that is just some old oak trim pulled from our bathroom remodel last summer, re-purposed for this box. I had to add the oak strips to make the top large enough and to make the sides of the box tall enough for the tea packaging.

I stained with minwax, and then used a satin water based poly, which gave me some trouble getting on smooth. Little bubbles left some rough spots on the final project. I used one of those disposable brushes with a thin layer of foam topped with fine bristles, but still had problems. I’ve used a brush on other projects and still had some of this problem, so I might just give up on this poly finish, I’ll try a wipe on technique next time I think. Any kind of brush or applicator just seems to introduce air bubbles.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford





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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 05:44 AM

Nice job, and I really like the look of the rounded corner box joints. I am also a “recycler” of wood. I have built three projects now out of pallet wood, and used a lot of it as parts for other stuff. Can’t beat free.

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 06:39 AM

I like this a very practical but well built tea box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 11:34 AM

I like this box. Well done.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#4 posted 12-20-2011 03:38 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 04:32 PM

This is a very attractive box and the box joints look like they worked out fine for you.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 01:34 AM

Great tea box!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 02:55 AM

Good looking box and idea.

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