Pine Ball Jar Tray

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Project by dat posted 11-02-2014 11:35 PM 1299 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was just a simple prototype so I didn’t spend a lot of time on it. Made from pine and finished with danish oil. The outside is just a miter joint (and not nearly as tight/square as I’d like) and the bottom is plywood floating in a slot. The dividers are also just floating pieces that fit together.

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#1 posted 11-03-2014 05:47 AM

Dat, I like this project. Of course the best part would be eating the delicious preserves. I know it is just a prototype, but have you considered sanding away the glue residue, half-round routeing around the corners and top edges, adding splines and handles?

You have a fine and very usable carrier. Fancy wood is nice, but careful crafting is what is important. Rope handles through holes would work and might keep with the look. The prototype looks like it fits well and the design concept is solid. Can you stack these? Nice work! Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 07:04 PM

Might I add that you could reduce the height by about an inch or so. That would show off the jars more along with a peek at their contents. Obviously don’t cut it so low that the jars want to tip out but I think it is too tall as it is right now. This would also make it easier to grasp the jars to take out or put in the tray.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 12:41 AM

Shorter sides or even cutting windows out which would also give you a place to grip it. Thanks for the feedback. This height would work for the 1.5 pint jars which are the same diameter but taller.

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 03:47 AM

I’d imagine that cutting some hand holes to make them carriers would help, plus if you raised the bottom plywood shelf an inch or so, and raised the inner walls, they could stack. Quite a handy project. Maybe put a thing on the front like the old card catalog system had at the library so you could slip in an index card or something to list the contents… may have to make some of these… hmmm….

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