Tea Box

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Project by AnthonyRH posted 208 days ago 861 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first small wooden box that I have actually completed. It is made from maple and a piece of mystery hardwood (I think it’s some kind of mahogany) that was laying around the cabinet shop at work destined for the dumpster.

This was a first for me on a few things. First time making keyed miters, first time making a hinged box, and first time using a lacquer finish. I built it one evening after work and was able to finish and deliver it the next day (late Xmas gift for the wife).

Box sides were attached to the mahogany base with dowels.

-- Always mistake at a time.

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#1 posted 208 days ago

Great looking tea box! I’m sure your wife will love it!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 208 days ago

pretty nice for your first box,really like the contrasting woods…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 208 days ago

Great box nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 208 days ago

Nice and crisp.
Well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 208 days ago

Im digging it…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 208 days ago

It’s a nice clean 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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#7 posted 207 days ago

Thanks for the positive feedback! The wife loves it and it was a joy to be able to start and finish a project so quickly. I have a feeling many more boxes are in my future!

-- Always mistake at a time.

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#8 posted 207 days ago

Nice clean lines. Great job!

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#9 posted 207 days ago

Very clean and great wood combination.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#10 posted 207 days ago

Anthony, it seems that you have all the basic skills needed to build boxes. This one is a beauty. Nice work.

If you have time and are interested, you might try some of these tutorials: You might especially like the ones about band clamps and why round corners. Just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 206 days ago

Thanks for the tips and links Boxguy! I’ve been admiring your work for some time and it is a big part of what inspired me to do this project. If I can make the time before starting my training with the Air Force I am planning on making at least a couple of your jigs. (the 45 degree and the spline jig to start).

-- Always mistake at a time.

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#12 posted 206 days ago

Anthony, thanks. Best of luck on the jigs and your future training. Many bases have excellent wood shops. Jigs work best when they are made carefully have fun. If you have questions or hit a snag, be sure to let me help.

-- Big Al in IN

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