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from the plans of others. I bought the tea wagon plans from Lee Valley as well as the wheels & castors on the same page as the plans. Problem encountered …. the castors are not compatible with the plans. Their design are for “through the shelf mounting” instead of mounting in the bottom of the rear legs. Being a dummy hobbyist, I did not cotton onto that until time to install the castors. After much diddling about I returned the castors to Lee Valley & then had to go shopping to try to source castors of the same height & compatible to the project. Came up empty so had to purchase shorter castors then turn extensions for the rear legs. This is about 6 years ago & I’m still enoyed by the extra work caused.
The species is walnut. The bottom shelf substrate is birch plywood & veneered with resawed walnut 1/8” thick.


-- Lee

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 07:45 PM

lovely creation… I think it was worth the headaches.. but then I didn’t have to endure them in the process!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-13-2008 09:04 PM

Lee, that’s a swell looking tea cart there. My Ma’s been wanting her’s back from a family member that is being stubborn… Anyway, I’ve been looking at building one, either to replace it for my Mom, or the other person.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 01:22 AM

You sure do some beautiful work! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-14-2008 03:53 AM

Nice cart! Looks like it has drop leafs on it too. That makes it nice and a little more compact. Great work.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 09-14-2008 03:59 AM

Well Lee, you’d better get over it because it helps you not and, frankly, it really, really was worth it.

The cart turned out amazingly beautiful (pun not intended) and the leg extensions aren’t visible at all. Mom still has a similar cart at home although the wheels are smaller and the finish darker but the basic design and feel is the same.

It is indeed a fine piece you crafted here, Sir.

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