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My mom mentioned that it would be nice to have a box to hold her assortment of tea bags in. Since her birthday is coming up, I decided to make a box as a present.

This box could be used for anything, but it is the perfect size for a teabag.

The finished box is 2.75" x 3" x 5.5" (inside dimensions)

This box is very simple to make, because it is made out of one piece of wood and glued together. 

Answers to the questions for the Make to Learn youth contest:
What did you make?
I made a wooden box to hold teabags. It is made out of basswood, glued together, and treated with an oil finish. I cut the wood with my dad's miter saw, which helped be get even cuts.

How did you make it?
I got the idea when my mom mentioned that a box like this would be nice to have. I originally planned to have a lid, but I realized that wasn't possible with only 3 inch wide wood.

Where did you make it?
I made it in my dad's workroom, using my dad's tools, which I use more often than my dad. This is one of the advantages of not having a job to take up my free time.

What did you learn? 
I learned how to lay out a design for something given a few requirements, For me, those requirements were to be able to hold a teabag, and be able to be made with only 3 inch wide wood. I also learned how to use the oil finish.
 
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Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
I used one 3" x 24" x 1/4" piece of basswood that I bought from Jo-Ann fabrics. It's funny how when I bought the wood, I only saw one other guy in the whole store.

The wood is too thin for nails, and the box doesn't need to be very strong, so I used Elmer's wood glue to hold it together.

I used Minwax antique oil finish to protect it and make it look nice.
flavrt1 year ago
Well done and well illustrated. By some crazy coincidence, I need a culinary organizer just like that.

Now I'm going to pester you a little, because that's what I do. Trust me, it's for your own good. I think you learned more from this project than you've mentioned.

You seem to know now that females make a lot of things too. And some smart companies make a lot of money serving them. My iPhone paid for itself with Jo-Ann's coupons. Get the app.

You may have learned that tangible expressions of appreciation on your mother's birthday (and every other day) are so important, they become self-serving. So as you grow older and more capable, you would be wise to increase them proportionately.

You created value by turning useless, cheap, generic materials into something purposeful and valuable. Adam Smith taught us long ago this is how civilization thrives.

You undoubtedly have gained some intrinsic knowledge of adhesive technology. Perhaps you were startled by the strength : weight ratio of your structure. I encourage you to go further down that path. You mentioned that your stock was too thin for mechanical fasteners, but as if that was a bad thing. Let's look at the good things. Less material in the structure means less wasted space in the kitchen. It's lighter and less expensive and easier to fab and more cleansible and more attractive.

In fact, throughout history human innovation has pointed toward lighter structures of all kinds. Not long ago, Buckminster Fuller realized his vision of airlifting ultralight buildings into place. When you look at buildings and vehicles and products, notice the work that has been done to remove mass. Adhesives accelerate this trend by evenly distributed the stresses and fastening loads in structures. So we can do more with less, and create the wealth needed to support humanity. Yes, it is that important and you've seen the tip of the iceberg in this Instructable.

I hope to see more from you.

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gb44771 year ago
This could not only b used for tea but other things too, great job!
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