Anniversary Tea Chest
Quartersawn sycamore, the principal wood used to create this tea chest, is sometimes referred to as American lacewood due to the highly figured and distinct small lace-like pattern of its grain. The sycamore was locally sourced from a sawmill in the small (population 480) Nebraska town of Palmyra. The wood works nicely leaving crisp well-defined edges which worked well for the raised panel top. The accent woods are walnut, padauk, and purpleheart. The splines, knob, and feet are ebony. The brass hinges are from Brusso. The tea chest was finished with three hand-rubbed coats of Osmo Polyx Oil. This project was a 50th anniversary gift for my wife, Marjorie.