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Walnut and Maple Tea Box

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Project by Jordan posted 03-19-2014 04:10 AM 1602 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at box making since my 8th grade shop class. It is also my first serious attempt at finishing. This tea box is made for my wife. She has been persistently reminding me that all of my projects are for my shop or our family and friends. It was about time I made her something. This box is sized to fit 6 full boxes of tea bags standing up. The tea bags are a standard Tetley or Tazo sized.

The box is made from 4/4 walnut and 1/4 maple plywood, with maple splines. The finish is three coats of amber shellac, rubbed down with 0000 steel wool between coats. I’m very satisfied with the way this box turned out and it is my favourite piece to date. I also got to make use of my new jointer which was exciting.There is likely 40-50 hours of work in this box and many more hours in researching finishes. Also my wife loves it, which is what counts. Sketchup file available by request.

-- Jordan, BC





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Steve Kreins

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 04:15 AM

Very nice! Now I have an idea of what to make for my wife. Thanks for sharing.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 07:59 AM

Great looking bix. Well done. I love putting splines in projects.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 10:55 AM

A nice looking tea box jordan,very nicely made and finished…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 12:24 PM

Great looking box, splines are also my favorite part of box building.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 08:18 PM

Jordan, nice work. You should be proud of this. I liked the chamfered top, the splines, the wood choices, and your pictorial of the construction. Looks like you have more than mastered all of the basics of building boxes. In the spirit of lumberjocks sharing you might want to look at some of the indexed links at the end of this post for other ideas about building boxes. I’d especially recommend the hinge and band clamp tips. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jordan

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 08:29 PM

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. I really enjoyed this project.

Al, I actually followed a bunch of your tips and steps in box construction, particularly those for attached tops and splines. My hinges need a bit of work but your tutorial was immensely helpful. One step I wish I had followed was the band clamps, as my glued up mitres were less than perfect. Thanks for putting that tutorial together! I should have given you credit for my inspiration.

-- Jordan, BC

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bit101

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#7 posted 03-20-2014 12:13 AM

That’s beautiful.

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#8 posted 03-20-2014 12:21 AM

Great looking tea box, Jordan! And it always pays to keep the wife happy!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 03:01 AM

Very nice !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#10 posted 03-21-2014 06:48 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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