The Jay Tray

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Project by ChesapeakeBob posted 11-26-2008 09:30 PM 2815 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tool tray for my son-in-law’s birthday. The red oak was leftover from our house remodeling project three years ago. The design was inspired by both Jim Tolpin’s book, The Toolbox Book and a photo of a toolbox from Mate’s book The World’s Best Sailboats. The dimensions use the “Golden Rectangle of Design.” The length is 18” and the width is 11 1/4”. The corners are counterbored screws with teak plugs. The screwdriver ledge is made so that it can removed (notice the brass screws and finishing washers) and customized or replaced in the future. The finish is Minwax Wiping Poly.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 11-27-2008 12:13 AM

Nice, clean looking tote, CB.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#2 posted 11-27-2008 02:43 AM

Nicely built tools tray. The plugs were neatly cut flush.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-27-2008 08:37 PM

A very clean and neat construction of a tool tray.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 11-30-2008 05:09 AM

i like it!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 11-30-2008 03:37 PM

Neat little tool tote! I like that. I’m looking at building something similar for my son (though a smaller version since he’s only 7) and your design looks pretty good!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#6 posted 04-11-2011 01:43 AM

Sharad stole my thunder. Very neat and clean. Thank you for posting.

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 09:31 PM

Like the nice tool trays!

-- Jay Brad

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 01:56 AM

wow thats nice lookin!

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#9 posted 07-28-2015 09:18 PM

Chuck, even though it has been years since I posted this project, your comment had an impact on me. (I made three versions of this tray over the years.) Thanks to your comment, it reminded me how much I enjoy woodworking. I am back in the shop! I made a shop project list and a Christmas project list. I have been enjoying my morning coffee at my workbench the past few mornings. I even have a couple of ideas for an improved design of my tool trays. As much as I like the look of plugged screw holes, I am thinking the next one might have dovetails instead and perhaps an arched handle to go with it.

Thanks for re-awakening my passion for wood!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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