Tea Time – Making Fun and Functional Tea Boxes

July 8 – July 9, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Small projects can pack a big punch both with design and learning opportunities. In this two day workshop, students will learn to design and make mitered tea boxes with an emphasis on using form, color, and texture. Student will learn how to select and prepare material to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood. We will then turn our attention to accurate and efficient joinery, and how to cut perfect miters on small parts. Assembly and glue-up strategies will be discussed to ensure tight miter joints. Finally we will explore methods of using color and texture to complete the designs, along with food-safe finish options. Basic woodworking experience is required prior to enrolling.

Skills and Techniques:

• Design using texture and color
• Material selection and layout
• Joinery for small boxes
• Cutting perfect miters
• Assembly and glue-up strategies
• Food safe finishing

Materials Fee: $75

Special Tools or Equipment:
Please bring:
Safety Glasses and hearing protection
Tape Measure or folding rule
Pencil (preferably mechanical pencils with lead, or 2mm lead holder)
Combination Square – 4”, 6” and/or 12”
Chisels (¼”, ½”, ¾”)
Marking Knife
Card Scraper
Block Plane

Suggested but not required:
Cutting gauge or marking gauge
#5 bench plane (or no. 62 low angle jack plane)
#4 or #4 ½ smoothing plane
Dovetail saw
Sliding t-bevel
Digital calipers

Other tools might include:

Any other hand tools you prefer or use regularly
Drafting supplies

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.