When five furniture makers with distinct styles of their own get the same assignment, the result is a lesson in design. We asked Fine Woodworking’s contributing editors to make a box that could hold tea bags. No other design constraints were imposed. When the boxes started to arrive, each was beautiful, elegant, practical, and charming. And while each was entirely different, it was easy for us to tell which maker belonged with which box.
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I love the work of Garrett Hack. I am going to build something like his with lacewood for my son. OMG is that stuff hard and dense. And just for fun I am going to put a drawer on the side for no particular purpose! I am not sure how or what to use for inlay. The lacewood has an amazing grain pattern. Perhaps an ebony and holly strip in morse code like Garrett has done in the past. What a great idea for the magazine.
I really liked Christian Becksvoort "light refreshing..." tea box and tried making it. It's not as easy as it looks. What I'm really wondering is what Mr. Becksvoort glue up strategy was? Typical large clamps don't work well. Did he use straps or heavy rubber bands around a form? Lots of pieces there to glue up accurately. I'd really like to know what his strategy was.