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Oak And Walnut Bed Tray/Table...With A Week To Spare

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Project by BusterB posted 12-17-2014 09:11 PM 1671 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to make homemade gifts for the wife and kids this Christmas. Sorry wally world!!! I am down to the wife. She is a Assistant Principal at a elementary school and is constantly bringing work home. Dangers of letting them supply you with a laptop I guess. Anyhow, to escape to a quite “dog free” zone (and maybe Buster free zone as well…hate to speculate on that…lol) she works while sitting in the bed. This has the added benefit of not having to listen to me grouch about her watching Ellen….lol So if you have ever worked with a laptop actually sitting in your lap, you know they can get a little warm. Thought a nice bed tray/table would be pretty handy for her so this is what I ended up with.
Solid oak sides with oak plywood for the bottom. Did walnut splines (my first ever) to reenforce the mitered corners. Solid walnut handles (tried to keep grain running at diagonal across the arches for strength) are glued and backed up with 3/8ths dowels. The leg assemblies are walnut. Since I didn’t think ahead and plan to use a dowel instead of bolts to mount legs, was gonna use 1/4” carriage bolts. Buddy of mine came up with some brass bolts instead. A classy touch, thanks Steve Blankenship. Sanded to 220 and finished with Danish Oil. Hope she doesn’t start expecting breakfast in bed….lil
This would be a good point to wish all y’all a merry Christmas and great projecting in the new year.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 10:25 PM

What a coincidence Buster, my wife was an assistant principal at an elementary school. However, she has retired, but there were many nights where the job followed her home. What a thoughtful gift for your wife. Perhaps you can surprise her with some breakfast in bed on that beautiful tray as an added bonus. Great job Buster.

Merry Christmas to you and yours buddy!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 10:45 PM

Very nice project, Buster!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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farmerdude

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 11:23 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! I expect your family will be pleased with the gifts you’ve been crankin’ out. You’re on a roll my friend, keep them coming. I look foreward to your projects, if they stop, there may be problems. You don’t me coming down there. Hahaha. That is one fine looking table, I like the handles, I like the splines, I like the legs, I like…..., you get the idea. Nice job buddy!

-- Jeff in central Me.

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BusterB

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 11:27 PM

L2L- Thank you sir. It ain’t gonna happen Lee. That woman is too spoiled as it is..lol Didn’t know your wife was an educator too. Even retired, I bet she can still use that principal voice when needed. I know the argument is lost when mine does!!!

Jim- Thank you sir. You can take some credit for this one…or blame, whichever works. I would have never tried danish oil without your influence.

Jeff- Thank you buddy. Think I have made it clear… You are welcome to come down here anytime you want!!!! Maybe you can show me how to do some stuff I haven’t figured out yet…which is most of it…lol I will keep cranking em out until y’all tell me to stop. Which will suck since I will have to sneak around and piddle on them…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 01:09 AM

Nice job Buddy. And if by some “one-in-a-million” chance she doesn’t like it, just ship it here to the house… because MY WIFE would LOVE IT!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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BusterB

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 01:30 AM

Joe- thank you sir. You got dibbs if she doesn’t want it buddy!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 02:06 AM

Nice looking tray Buster. Very thoughtful gift and I’m sure you will make some brownie points, but I think you should consider making her breakfast in bed too. Pay it forward for when you need it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Todd Barrone

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#8 posted 12-18-2014 03:38 AM

Nice job my man, I need to venture a little more on some other projects.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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BusterB

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#9 posted 12-18-2014 04:28 AM

Dave- Thank you sir. Can always use the points but hate to set a bad precedent.. Lol

Todd- thank you sir. I have seen your portfolio bud, you already make a wider range of projects than any three woodworkers put together…sheesh dude, leave some projects for the rest of us…rofl enjoy the snow buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#10 posted 12-18-2014 05:30 AM

Ya done good, Buster! That little bit of sap wood and the brass…icing on the cake! I got my sister’s Christmas in the mail today (last year it was Feb. or March, of this year!). Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- God bless, Candy

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BusterB

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#11 posted 12-18-2014 01:20 PM

Candy- thank you mam. There is usually a big separation between what I envision and what I actually manage to build. I hoped for a visual contrast between the oak and the walnut. I think I may have succeeded this time…only time will tell if it is a good contrast or not. Merry Christmas to y’all as well.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 12-18-2014 04:07 PM

I like it,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 12-18-2014 04:52 PM

That is really cool. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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BusterB

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 05:07 PM

Jim- thank you sir. now let’s hope my wife likes it…lol

Hoss- Thank you buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#15 posted 12-18-2014 05:08 PM

I hear you, Buster. I learned the hard way not much contrast between oak and maple hahaha!

-- God bless, Candy

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