One the greatest aspects of woodworking is that there are always new things to learn. When I began building furniture, I set my sights on a few complex projects which I figured I could build when I had gained experience. The closer I got to building those pieces, the more I knew how much I … Read more
Tag Archives: Inlay
I get a fair amount of finishing questions. Recently, most questions that come my way ask how to finish a project that has inlay without heavily affecting the contrast between the project wood and the inlay. And readers want to know how to do that while achieving a nice-looking finish on the project. To me … Read more
On Hannah’s Inlaid Chest from our June 2013 magazine (issue #204), I scratched most of the string inlay by hand using tools from both Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Lee Valley/Veritas. Of the string inlay tools used on the chest, the most import is the radius cutter. For that job, I selected the tool from Lie-Nielsen (item … Read more
Perhaps the headline should read “the tool I hate to love.” Every now and then I need something round, or an odd-sized hole, and I turn to the “adjustable circle cutter.” I know it as a “fly cutter” and it is never my first choice. It’s a simple device, but it looks scary, and for … Read more
For the entire month of June, or until it’s sold out, ShopWoodworking.com is offering the perfect Father’s Day gift. It’s called the Fundamentals of Inlay Value Pack and it’s currently on sale for $99.96, saving you $60 off the regular price of $159.96. The kit includes: Line & Berry String Inlay by Router DVD Modern … Read more
Building the tea caddy from the June 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is anything but traditional. I looked for alternative methods for much of the work including the fan inlay at each corner. My thoughts were to come at this project without the use of special tools, so the inlay areas are cut using … Read more
Use unconventional techniques to create a traditional tea caddy.
by Glen D. Huey
From the June 2011 issue #190
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England began to import tea about the middle of the 17th century. When first introduced, tea was expensive, so it was a drink affordable only to the wealthy. That, of course, was an invitation to smugglers who, during the next 100 years, drove down the cost to make tea available to the masses.
As the demand for tea increased, the need to store and protect the tea leaves also grew. By the mid-1800s, woodworkers were making wooden tea caddies of single-, double- or triple-compartmentalized boxes.
Traditionally, caddies are a study in veneer. The boxes are built in pine, oak or mahogany, then veneered with
figured hardwoods and inlaid with intricate designs. While my caddy has figured hardwood and striking inlay,
there is no veneer. This is how to accomplish similar results using methods that are much more simple.
Video: Watch as a fan is sliced, marked and trimmed for the tea caddy.
Video: Watch Rob Millard create a traditional fan inlay using veneer.
Web site: Get more information on inlay bandings, including shop-made designs.
In our store: Pick up a great book on creating beautiful inlaid boxes.
Free SketchUp Model: Click here for the free SketchUp model of this project Read more