Rope handle spices up a tea box
On this dovetailed box, I glued up the top, bottom and sides as a single unit then sawed off the lid on the bandsaw. I added a pine partition which also registers the lid to the base. The rope closure was the fun part of this project. The ebony handle halves connect with a sliding dovetail.
This is the first time I've worked with English brown oak. It has great color and a finer grain than white oak.
The interior has a pine partition for tea bags. It also aligns the top and bottom of the box.
The handle was a fun challenge. I wanted some way to hold the lid in place while the box is carried. The rope idea came to mind, but the key was creating a handle that could come apart. I got it right after a couple tries.