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.
Step 1: 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.