Just for Fun... #70: Some Tray Play...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-21-2013 02:59 AM 2727 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So the box that I was working on was completed, hinges and latch attached, finish applied…Another view...

But this one is for my Sweetheart, and a small jewelry box besides, so it needs some trays…
I had some left-over wood from the box construction so I decided to use it for the sides of the trays…Cut to length for trays...

I cut some quick dadoes in the sides, cut them to height, and then joined them…Cutting dadoes for tray bottoms...Cutting tray sides to height...Sides all joined...

The New Band Saw made short work of sawing a 3/8” piece of Maple in half for the two tray bottoms!!Made even thinner for tray bottoms...

Next, I made a cardboard template to fit the tray… It’s a lot less painful cutting the cardboard wrong than the wood, but I got lucky, and it fit right the first time… A quick cardboard template made from a cereal box...

After cutting the Panels template-sized, a few minutes were spent thinning the edges to fit the dadoes in the sides… And wonder of wonders, they FIT!!Beginning to thin the edges of the tray bottoms...They fit!!

As said earlier, this is going to be a jewelry box, so I’ll be needing some partitions in these trays…
I decided to steal a page from Big Al’s (Boxguy) playbook… He likes to use wood salvaged from Venetian blinds…
In my case, I found a broken louvered door in the basement when we moved in…
After sanding off the old stain, a few of these should do the trick…Leftovers from a broken louvered door...

After trimming them to height, simple through-mortises were cut to accept the tenons…Scrolling out a mortise for the tenon...

I also “added” a simple lift spot…Three holes drilled...

And there you have it, except for some minor details, the bottom tray is completed…Bottom tray assembled...

The top tray will have a slightly different configuration, but pretty much the same idea…
When they’re all set, I’m going to try some suede in the bottoms this time… That should be Fun… :)
20 January 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 03:20 AM

good to see you are working all the new tools
and techniques

looks real nice

debbie should be very happy
after all
she waited her whole life for this :D

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 03:23 AM

Sweet, Mike! Love the hinges!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 03:42 AM

nothing like using the salvaged wood for making some top rated wooden gifts..maybe some day i will have a bandsaw…its always in my wish list…i really like those hinges mike, are you designing any new ones or staying with these for awhile…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 03:58 AM

Nice job Mike.
It looks great !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 07:30 AM

Mike, thanks for the mention. Nice job on your latest project. Looks like some neat new toys.

The paper template is in interesting idea and will work, but to avoid making templates for the bottoms, I get a good fit by first mitering the corners of the box or tray and then fitting in the bottom board to the groove. You are looking for the point where the bottom of the groove meets the edge of the miter. Move your bottom board to just that point and then pencil mark the same point on the opposite side. I usually sneak up on the final cut and like to leave the bottom about a 32nd short so the board has a chance to float. Do the same with the opposite side. I’ll try to do a pictured tutorial on this when I get my new hip healed up. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 08:59 AM

Great job Mike, especially out of scrap. I bet you love that new BS.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 10:05 AM

Sweet box Mikel and the trays look great too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 10:17 AM

It looks awesome, Mike! What a great box. The trays really add a great deal to it. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 12:00 PM

Per usual, a really nice build Mike. I always enjoy following your thought processes.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 12:10 PM

Very good Mike.

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

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 12:26 PM

Nice work Mike. You are really using all your power tools!!
Debbie will love it, more that it came from you than any style or workmanship…but it is in your inimitable style!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 02:48 PM

Lookin’ good Mike….I keep looking at your hinges and seeing critters heads….needs some eyes and snouts and voila ! monsters or lil’ cuties ….could go either way….. just my old head looking at things and seeing sumpin’ else….sorry… the box hinges are terrific left alone too ! don s.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#13 posted 01-21-2013 04:49 PM

Sweet Mike,
Nice trays, seems you got the new workshop running now.
How is life at the new house?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 01-22-2013 03:05 AM

Way to go Mike! Another original “Little Cope” design. Looks like your new bandsaw resaws like a champ.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-22-2013 04:22 AM

Patron: David, Debbie will be waiting a little longer,
because I’m as slow as molasses, and it is January…
Any warming trends in your weather out there?
Lew: Thanks Lew! I liked your hefty Chili Spoon… One restaurant I worked at was so big and busy, that they purchased trash barrels especially for making their own salad dressings. We used a 4’ long, solid Maple Spatula to do the stirring and mixing!
Grizzman: The Band Saw was a great investment for me, you have no idea how long I’ve wished that I could do re-sawing like that!!
As far as the hinges, my ambition (or lack thereof) dictates their forming… On each box I cross that bridge when I reach it…
Woodwrecker: Thanks Eric!!
Boxguy: I measured for the panels on the actual box, something I seldom do…
Your way is a good one, and probably the right way, but on these trays, I went back to what I know… Old habits are tough to break!! I cut them a whisker short too, in case of expansion… Heal Well and Swiftly my Friend!!
Rex: Thanks Roger and I am indeed loving the Band Saw! I’m still working on getting some decent blades for it though…
Stefang; Thank You Michael…
I’ve been meaning to ask you… I couldn’t place it at first, but seriously and no joke, has anybody ever said you look like Paul Newman? Because you do, at least in your new avatar! You are a Handsome Man my Friend!
Sheila: Thank You! I don’t know if you noticed, but I took your advice, and made the hinges and latch out of Maple this time. It worked beautifully!
I hope your back doesn’t slow you down for long my Friend…
Lenny: Thank You too! I had a mad-cap idea the other day…
I was thinking, it’s been a long time since we had a New England LJ Get-together…
And I was thinking of you, who organized the last one so well…
And I was thinking, man, poor Lenny can’t get out to his shop much yet, with his hand still healing…
And I was thinking, I wonder if…?
Roger: Thanks! How’s your fingers mending?
Ellen: Thank You Ellen!! Did you see the above to Lenny? Do you think I was subtle enough? :D
Porchfish: Nothing wrong with an imagination Don! Someone with some carving skills could easily put a face on hinges like these, anything from a cute little Fox or Kitten to a Gargoyle! Regrettably, I’m not “Someone with some carving skills”...
Mafe: We’re doing well here Mads… It is a long, slow process for a place to become a Home. But we are living the process, and enjoying it very much…
Andy: Thanks Andy! I think the Band Saw is a machine that disbelief sets in after it’s purchased; disbelief, that you ever did without one!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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