Tea Box with "Legs"

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Project by jeepturner posted 04-22-2012 06:43 PM 2109 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a couple of weeks ago, almost three, Ellen35 asked if we could look at one more tea box. The one she made was constructed of rosewood. You can look at it here.
Her box inspired me to make this one. I liked the legs to give it a lift off of the counter. Mine is also made with rosewood, but that was not the way it started out. I did intend to make some kind of leg out of the rosewood and the sides were going to be ebonized maple. I was going to use the same method I used with great results on my chess pieces. (Oh , lessons learned, the clothing dye doesn’t work for carcase sides).
I cut all the rabbets in the maple, all the finger joints, then used the water based dye to turn it into something that looks like ebony, but in the end it turned it into fire wood.
The top is made with a book matched piece of curly maple with a frame of ironwood. the bottom of the box is red oak and the dividers are made from mahogany.
Thanks Ellen35, I never would have started this without the inspiration I got from your tea boxes.

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 07:32 PM

That came out really nice, my wife has been wanting one, but I am still working on her Honey do List most of the time.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 08:21 PM

Nice design, nice box joints, nice wood combo. Nice all the way around. Very good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 09:57 PM

Nice looking piece Mel, enough pockets in there to satisfy everybody :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 10:05 PM

Very beautiful!


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

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 04:00 AM


You have a good muse in Ellen. I like what you did with the top and the leg concept of your box. You simplified her design and made it your own.

Imagine…a man on the west coast and a woman on the east coast each relate to make a tea box. And it is all done electronically. What a strange world we live in.

You are right, Lumber Jocks is too much fun to just be a lurker.

-- Big Al in IN

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robert triplett

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 04:09 AM

I started a tea box with legs like on Ellen’s box. Glad to see others appreciated the great design element. I hope to finish mine this week. Even with the difficulties, this one turned out very well. The Ironwood is a much better choice than the maple idea.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 10:31 AM

Great tea box! Once you start making these things, the only limits are your imagination!
I love the maple top on yours and the leg design is very cool.
Maybe we should have a “tea box” category on LJ!!!

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

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 11:31 AM

Thanks everyone, heading to work now will respond when I get home. Hopefully!

-- Mel,

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 02:11 PM

Great looking Tea Box, some lucky tea bags, nice style and fine construction makes this a keeper, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 03:11 AM

Hi Mel: Just love that beautifully created tea box! I’m not a tea drinker … and wondering if anyone’s thought of building a coffee box?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 11:09 PM

Elaine, I don’t know if a coffee box would work well unless it was sealed up somehow. I did make a filter box for the drip coffee maker.

Didn’t take long for the teabox to fill up!

-- Mel,

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