|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-17-2012 11:38 AM||3438 views||18 times favorited||38 comments|
Pictured: A medium sized tea chest (14×6 1/2×5 1/2) with crotch mahogany top, American walnut sides, maple corner splines, and internal dividers made from a Venetian blind. This tea chest features a mortised continuous hinge, chain pocket, and lift-out sweetener caddy.
In this post I want to focus on the interior workings of this tea chest.
The Chain: As you can see, the chain is attached just behind the divider and the top is attached at a point slightly closer to the hinge pin than the bottom. This means the chain will fall behind the front attachment point and drop nicely into the small “pocket” to the left. The advantage of a pocket is that the chain doesn’t become entangled with the teabags, and the extra room lets you fit in the sweetener caddy.
The Caddy: I buy these in bulk at a local restaurant supply store. Clear goes with any color of wood. Cutting away the front segment of the chain pocket with a band saw gives me enough room to fit this caddy into the box. The space for a tea bag is not quite wide enough for the caddy.
The Dividers: These are made from recycled wooden Venetian blinds that I buy at Goodwill and the Habitat Restore. Using these slats saves me a great deal of time cutting, sizing, and finishing. They are all made accurately at 1/8 inch. I try to keep a variety of colors on hand. A matching touch up pen will cover any nicks and splintering. I cut slightly more than half way through the tops of the horizontal dividers and slightly more than half way through the bottoms of the vertical dividers. Then slide them together.
Hint: Use masking tape to hold all the same lengths together and then, using your miter gauge, make just a single pass over your table saw blade. Do not go over and back. Two passes will widen the slot and loosen the fit. A quality 1/8 inch blade will give you a snug fit.
I put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the box, dry fit the dividers, remove the verticals one at a time and add just a small spot of glue in the slots before putting the verticals back in place. Wipe away any excess glue before it dries. The box will act as a jig to hold the dividers square and you can be sure they will fit back into the box after the glue is dry.
Thanks: As always, thanks for looking. A special thanks to all of you who take the extra time to add comment or make suggestions. Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN