This product is a downloadable PDF of the lessons available from the Inlaid Tea Caddy Online Course. The PDF Course is divided into modules just as those found in the online course. Each lesson contains a video that is embedded into the PDF. (You can watch the video at any time and anywhere as long as it is opened in Adobe Reader, which is a free program). The lessons also include a list of the steps described and demonstrated within that video and lesson.
A Plan Package (complete with front, side and exploded views, patterns and cut list) is part of the PDF Course. (There are seven files to download, some of which are large files. Please allow ample time for the download.)
(Access to the online course is not included, and no membership is required.)
Furniture makers built tea caddies that ranged from the most basic designs (four sides and a lid, or even turned and lidded) to caddies in the shape of pieces of fruit. Many of the most sought after tea caddies, however, are highly decorated boxes, including sand-shaded fans, veneered surfaces and other fancy inlay.
In this course furniture maker Glen Huey walks you step-by-step through building a tea caddy. The course divides construction into sections of short videos covering fans, corner inlay and bandings – it’s entirely possible that the inlay for your project can be made from shop scraps.
After you master the inlay work, you move on to constructing the box and lid. The construction process automatically builds in the recesses for your corner inlay. You learn an easy setup and technique to create channels for your shop-made banding (using whatever router is in your shop), how to carefully excavate for your fans, secrets for fitting and installing inlay and tips for better box assembly.
Finishing your tea caddy is as simple as it gets. Boiled linseed oil and shellac are ragged onto the project and then the surface is abraded with steel wool. The results are a deep, rich look that will protect your tea caddy for decades.
This project is built using small pieces – no huge outlay of funds for materials, and no straining to move large parts around your shop. Plus, it’s a great project to help build your woodworking skills.