Make a Tea Cabinet
October 5-10, 2020
$1,150 + $150 materials
Skill level: intermediate
This tea cabinet is one of the highlights of Kenney’s 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks project. During this 6 day workshop, you’ll make your own. It’s a great exercise in traditional joinery, as you’ll learn to cut dovetails, dadoes, rabbets, grooves, and bridle joints to make the case, drawers, and door.
You’ll use both hand tools and power tools to cut them. There are also some non-traditional skills involved. There is the kumiko lattice work featured in the door, which is backed by a fabric-covered panel, and the thread-wrapped pulls. These design details are what make this tea cabinet stand apart, and you’ll learn how to make them. Finally, the drawer interiors are fitted
out to hold tea packets and loose tea. Kenney will show you how to make the thin, delicate liners that keep your tea (or whatever you choose to keep in the drawers) orderly.
All materials will be provided. They will be milled prior to class, so that you can get right to work when class begins.
Backsaw or dozuki
Chisels (1/8 or 3/16, 1/2, 3/4 or 1)
Sliding bevel gauge
6 in., 12 in. rules
Sharpening stones and honing guide to keep your tools sharp
(The Maine Coast Traditional Arts Workshop has extras of many of these tools)