This is a plan that I found early on in the year and is really what has finally pushed me into doing something with the dusty old tools that I have setting around. I found it by chance on a website and promptly printed a copy of the plans. I’m not too up on copyrights and such, but if you google it as 19830EZ you should be able to find it as a PDF file.
Quick back-step: My wife and I are of the belief that there are far too many gifts that are given out impersonally that fall apart because they where made of plastic and lead painted in China. As a result, we decided it was better to use our passions and talents to create presents (she sews pretty well). This tray (and a couple copies) is to be a Christmas present to various family members. it won’t be the last gift project you see from me either. I still have some nieces and nephews to worry about. But that will be later…
The basic design is a cutting board on top made of teak (I’m using iroko; cheaper) that fits on top of a maple box large enough for grilling utensils. The plans call for finger/box joints but I’m opting for the hand-cut dovetail approach because I think it looks nicer. So far this is a problem because of my lack of work surface.
Currently, the project is on hold until I come up with a better way to work. I’m actually thinking of starting to build a workbench to solve a few problems this weekend. Hopefully, I can get it done with enough time left to work on all the projects coming up before December 25th hits.
-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/