Two Double Dovetail Tea Boxes

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Project by Lenny posted 848 days ago 1855 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two tea boxes have quartersawn white oak as the primary wood. One is accented in mahogany, the other in bloodwood. The double dovetails are made using the Incra LS Positioner system at my router station. The boxes are roughly 10” by 10” and 3-3/4” tall. I am experimenting with different lid designs and would be interested in hearing opinions/thoughts. The mahogany-accented box lid has a solid panel of quartersawn oak framed in mahogany. I used biscuits to attach the panel to the frame. I opted to attach the lid to the box in a horizontal orientation. The bloodwood box lid is a lamination of oak and bloodwood that I chose to fashion and attach in a vertical orientation. I have mentioned in prior tea box posts that I used Bush Oil and like the results. The thing about the oil is, it is recommended to let the oil dry for 72 hours (3 days). Again, as an experiment, I finished the bloodwood box using Bush Oil followed by wipe-on poly and paste wax. For the mahogany box I only used the poly and wax. I don’t know if it is only because this is quartersawn white oak but to my eye, I do not see a significant difference in the overall look of the two boxes. I will try this experiment on another species to see what happens.

I have no more tea boxes in queue…for the time being!

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

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#1 posted 848 days ago

They look great Lenny very nice work.

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#2 posted 848 days ago

Very nice Lenny!

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#3 posted 848 days ago

These are fine looking boxes. well done.


-- 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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#4 posted 848 days ago

I had never considered a vertical orientation for the lid but it looks good. As for my opinion, I prefer the look of the bloodwood lid. I made a box a year or so ago with a frame like your other box and just didn’t like it; still don’t. My opinion – worth what you paid.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#5 posted 848 days ago

Very nice Lenny!

Built by the hands of a Master Craftsman!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 848 days ago

You and the LS positioner make very good partners because you did a great job on these tea boxes Lenny! I especially like the combo of mahogany and the 1/4 sawn oak.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#7 posted 847 days ago

Wow, completely jealous, those look fantastic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 847 days ago

Great boxes Lenny! I can’t decide which I like better.
OK, I’ll take them both ;-)
Those double dovetails really make for a nice effect.
Welcome to the tea box club.

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

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#9 posted 847 days ago

Many thanks to all for your kind comments. TexasJim, your opinion is exactly the kind of feedback I need to hear so, thank you. Dick, me a master craftsman? I think not. I often feel as far from it as possible.

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

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#10 posted 847 days ago

Great Job Lenny: I like both boxes. What thickness are the sides and lid of the boxes? I really like the one with the mitered frame top. This is much more difficult to get the miters perfect. The double dovetails look great. I have tried a couple of these and have not gone back to them for a while. They seem to be too time consuming to get set up. I guess I am in too much of a hurry.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 847 days ago

Thanks John. The sides are 1/2” and the lids are 3/4”. Thanks also for the input on your preference. Once you dial in the proper height, if you save your set up pieces, you can use them the next time you make that same joint. The same is true of finding the center cut. If you repeatedly use sides that are 3-3/4” wide, the center cut is the same. That speeds up the set up time.

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

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#12 posted 847 days ago

1st Class Tea boxes Lenny. Very very awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 847 days ago

Very nice!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 847 days ago

Thank you Roger and Bob.

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

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#15 posted 846 days ago

Great job Lenny!.....I too have the Incra system and it is really fun making these double joints. That said, I occassionally make these boxes myself – mostly for gifts…. Boxes are great for practicing and for leaning new methods and design options – especially since they do not take a lot of wood to make.

Some suggestions for lids are: Rail and Stile with raised panel in the middle (I love this as you can really show off a nice piece of burl…etc as part of the raised panel). I’ve made rails and stiles with stained glass panels, clear panels, metal craft panels…..etc…etc… I’ve tried various different ways to hinge or attach the top to the box – metal hinges, wood hinges, pins…flip tops…multiple panels…sliders…hidden compartments…you name it.

I have also added inlays and various carvings…I have also done wood burned tops…there are so many different possiblities….....These are great fun to experiment with when you want to do a fairly quick project.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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