A Pair of Trays

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Project by ChesapeakeBob posted 2084 days ago 1901 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my previous project here was the “Jay Tray.” I have been busy in Santa’s Workshop working on a few other projects, but I wanted to post these now that they are both ready. The Andy Tray is made from scrap birch ply and finished with wipe-on poly. The ledge is cut specifically for his tools as shown in the photos. We have been working together on a kitchen remodeling job that had maple cabinets with colonial black hardware. To simulate this effect, I spray painted the heads of the screws that I used on this tote.

Since I built the Jay Tray, Santa came early to my workshop and delivered a surface planer. The Dave Tray is once again done in leftover oak from a house remodeling job 3 years ago. But what separates this tray is I planed the oak down to 5/8”. This made the finished tote significantly lighter than the original Jay Tray. The plugs conceal the counterbored screws and I used teak for the plugs for a contrast with the oak. It is finsihed simply with lemon oil.

Both designs use the golden rectangle of design.

I could not pass-up the opportunity to use the backdrop of the Christmas Tree and the Lionel train in the background.

More projects coming in the next 7 days!

Chesapeake Bob

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 2015 days ago

Very cool. I’m in the process of looking at other designs to make my shop modular… I like these for that purpose. Great job on these…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 1993 days ago

They look nice and real practical.

-- Chris

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#3 posted 1992 days ago

I have since added nice, high quality felt furniture pads to the corners to save the floors, etc.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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