|Project by ellen35||posted 02-20-2013 10:49 PM||4499 views||8 times favorited||23 comments|
Hello LJ friends,
These are 2 tea boxes I made over the last 2 weeks. The first one has the most interesting top. I was at the woodworking show in early January and I saw this “wood”. They are actually tongue and groove floor boards. I thought the stuff was pretty interesting but who needs a floor! I then ran into someone who had bought a bunch of the stuff and asked her what she was going to do with it. She was making boxes with the stuff! I immediately went back and re-thought my dismissal of this. I began talking to the people who were selling the stuff and learned that indeed, it was flooring. It was made from scraps of exotics that were “glued” together to made a very dense composite flooring. Now, how could I leave the stuff behind! I bought 3 40” lengths and began thinking of what I could use the stuff for. This brings me to the second tea box. I had this idea to make an oak and purpleheart tea box with the purpleheart standing proud of the oak on the top. I made this one and brought it to a little “food emporium” nearby where the owner is kind of hot on my woodworking. She likes both the design and the price. I dropped it off last Wednesday morning and it was sold by Wednesday afternoon! She wants more and who am I to argue!
So I ended up using the flooring for the top of another tea box for her (yet to be delivered as I just finished it this morning). I thought about using the “wood” for the whole thing but it was really too busy and not at all pleasing to the eye so I looked around for something that would “go with” this stuff and walnut seemed to go best. I used yellowheart keys in the mitered corners and it picks up the colors nicely. I did have to put in a chain to hold the box open (even though I left a lip on the back to prevent it from opening all the way) because the composite is sooooooo dense and heavy! The box is approximately 10×10 and has 9 compartments. The dividers are also from the same piece of walnut. I still have 2 more pieces of the composite so we’ll see how fast this one sells… maybe a yellowheart box with it???? Purpleheart just doesn’t go with it and anything with figuring is just too busy.
Thanks for looking!
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