Walnut tea box with maple stringing

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Project by hickeymad posted 209 days ago 998 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother got me the lee valley stringing tools for christmas last year and I promised her a tea box in return. Over a year later and I’ve finally gotten around to it. I guess it’s good to be busy but I sometimes wish I hadn’t gone pro such that I had more time to “play” with projects like this. Being my first effort, the box has plenty of issues, but all the same, I am happy with it. I used a piece of brass as the spline on the box miter, and let it show on the top. It has the added benefit of making a satisfying “clink” when the lid shuts. I finished the box with a trans-tint dye, then several coats of oil, then my first attempt at french polishing with garnet shellac. I like the final result though I think I’d add a few more layers of shellac if I was to do it again. Mom gets the box as well as a cast-iron tea-set. I hope she likes it (as if mom ever dislikes anything I make)...
And I love the stringing tools, by the way. Thanks mom!

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#1 posted 209 days ago

It seems to me that was a win-win situation. Mom gets a lovely box and what woodworker doesn’t want more tools?


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 209 days ago

Nice box. I great job on the stringing.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 209 days ago

That’s just beautiful. You did an amazing job -Well Done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#4 posted 209 days ago

Great job, looks beautiful, the stringing inlay looks amazing

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#5 posted 209 days ago

This piece is so nice and the wood is beautiful.

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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#6 posted 209 days ago

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 209 days ago

Looks great

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 208 days ago

I don’t see any “issues”. It looks great from here from the build to the finish.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 208 days ago

That is one nice looking tea box. That stringing is quite impressive.
I especially like the circular and crecent shapes on the ends of the box.
Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 206 days ago

A good project takes good time to make and I see a good looking box but no tool .
Anyway, it looks like a good gift exchange to me .
I love the way you did the interior ,very well designed .

-- Kiefer 松

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