- Apr 15, 2012
- Tucson, Az
Just finished these yesterday, 8 tea boxes for Christmas presents.
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This was my inspiration:
These things were WAAAAAY more work than I anticipated. These YouTube videos make things like this look to easy, but in this case it took many more hours than I expected. I ended up doing some research on different tea bags and found the dimensions in his plans were too small for most of the brands out there, so I made mine a little bigger, they are about 4"W x 8"L x 4"H. The pattern plywood was a crazy amount of work, and I'll probably never do this process again, as it's very wasteful for expensive baltic birch plywood. Most of the plywood ends up in the dust collector as sawdust! Sooo much sanding, my new drum sander was key to this project.
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Sides are white ash, the darker liners and splines are Sapele (similar to mahogany). Dark squares in the patterns are black walnut.
One is different, a neighbor gave me a hunk of wood from the pile he inherited when his dad passed, I'm still not sure what it is, but we think it's tulipwood. I made him a box as a thanks.
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I used the Odie's Oil to finish them, weird stuff to use but it really did come out nice, very smooth.
With tea bags...
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if you tack a small 1/4”x 2” piece of stock across the Top of the bolt you won’t need a tool to adjust. Like a thumb screw design.👍60 min welding proj.
Fixed a lil space heater.
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