Sprint to Finish #3: tray+

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 09-15-2013 06:00 PM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The next part was to figure how a nice tray would work into this. I thought I would just make a set-in tray with small compartments.

This would be made of the same padauk:

for the bottom I joined two pieces of the same padauk:

This tray is done the same as the box in that I wanted all edges to be 45 degree miters:

I had the idea of integrating the zebra wood into tray as the center handle/separator. It just stands out like a rusty nail though.

In fact, I scrapped the idea of using the zebra wood for anything else in this project. Going with the subtle accent idea instead.

I went ahead and glued the top and sides together in separate steps to allow for some forgiveness.

So it came time to cut the lid off. This is a step that begs for mindless mistakes. I make myself write out the steps ahead of time to avoid killing hours of work by forgetting something like a backer-block.

After cutting the lid off, I discovered what I thought to be a HUGE dent in the wood:

after closer examination, it turned out to be a feature of the grain:

Next step was to make the cuts for the hinges. Another workshop stress-point:

after which I went ahead and test fit the hinges:

It worked out well with a good fit.

So, back to the brass S highlight? I tried to figure a way this would fit in:

I thought perhaps using a split front feature with the S in the center? So I made up a rouh cut to see how it would look:

(continued in next entry)

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 10:06 PM

Looks like you’re making progress! Hey that’s probably another P for me? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 01:03 AM

That blanket clashes with this fine box. Really nice blog on the build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 05:06 PM

Thanks for the comments. I need to pick better scrap rags, I agree LOL

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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