Sarah's Tea Box

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Project by rdwile posted 03-11-2013 01:59 PM 3133 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is for my son’s girlfriend. She is a big tea fan and this is designed to hold packaged or loose tea.

The box itself is some special figured maple from a tree cut down in front of my Dad’s childhood home – I’m really glad this did not get turned into firewood like most of that wood did! This is a simple mitred box with Cherry feathers in the mitres for contrast.

The lids and the dividers are all Cherry, and the lids are all cut from one piece of wood that I had left over from my Tommy Mac toolchest – turned out great! The handles are 1/8” wide bloodwood dropped into a 1” Forstner hole and a small screw from below. The top is yellowheart veneered over a BB core, the bottom is cherry veneered BB core.

Thanks for looking!

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 02:00 PM

You did a wonderful job on this box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#2 posted 03-11-2013 02:10 PM

That does look beautiful, the openers look really nice!

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 02:17 PM

very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 02:52 PM

Thanks for my daughters Christmas present idea!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 03:35 PM

Hello rdwile

I like the originality of the lids

A nice work on this box

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 03:55 PM

beautiful teabox! im drinking oolong at this moment.


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#7 posted 03-11-2013 08:09 PM

Now that is a great idea. Ok if I steal it? The idea that is, not the box ;)

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 10:55 PM

This is great, nice construction. Thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 03:38 PM

i love it

-- WRIGHTLY (Bristol, TN)

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 01:32 PM

Richard, what finish did you use? I like how the maple maintained its original color.

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 01:46 PM

Fantastic tea box! Like the design especially the handles, beautiful wood combo. Great work

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#12 posted 03-16-2013 03:17 AM

Thanks all for the kind words folks.

lysdexic – I used the same finish as my rocking chairs, Deft Natural finish for a couple of build coats, rub it out to 800 once its dry and a couple of thinned coats of satin wipe-on poly for some protection.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#13 posted 03-16-2013 04:23 AM


-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#14 posted 03-17-2013 04:48 AM

very nice box that holds the tea bags and the memory of the tree that was cut down.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 03:05 AM

Really nice… I’m impressed with many of your other projects also… Kudos!

-- Brian, Omaha, NE... So many projects, so little time!

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