|Project by Boxguy||posted 07-16-2015 02:19 AM||1935 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
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Pictured is an Anegre tray (14 1/2×9 1/2×4) with Purpleheart corner splines. It features a floating bottom board inset into a dado slot. Like all of my projects the wood is finished with one coat of Tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly, and then a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax. It is steel wool rubbed or sanded between each coat.
As you can see, this tray also has a central divider sized so the top of the divider just touches the slanted sides of the jars and keeps them upright. The trim at the bottom is functional as it makes up for the slanted sides of the jars and keeps them upright in the tray by hugging the bottom of the jars. (Not sure that sounds quite right, but that is what the trim is there to do.)
As many of you have discovered, “Grampa” projects are the best. My four-year-old grandson’s fertile imagination is fueled by his action figures. There are Star Wars figures, Ninja Turtle figures and Transformers and he wanted some way to store them on a shelf in his room. Apparently it is important that the groups be separated. (Don’t ask, it is toddler logic and makes perfect sense to him.) So, since I had just made a box to hold scent bottles, and a tray to hold drink bottles, it seemed logical to me that I could make a tray of jars to hold action figures. (Don’t ask, it is Boxguy logic and makes perfect sense to him.)
I always start a project thinking that it is going to be simple…It never is. First to find the jars. Hobby Lobby jars were nice but expensive. Michael’s were the right shape, but all glass. Bed Bath and Beyond…struck out there. I was about to buy peanut butter at Kroger and throw the contents away when I stopped in Gordon’s (GFS) and asked the stock boy for help. He led me to these plastic jars that were the right size, and only about a dollar each. The slanting sides were a problem, but I could solve that. Trim or slanted sides would do it…I chose trim.
Now, what size to make the sides? Too high and the jars are hard to get out and the sides cover up the jars. Too low and the jars can fall out. 3 1/2 inches seemed to be about right. Then I had to figure out the dimensions by putting some scrap boards around six of the jars on all four sides and measuring, Now, how thick were my boards? The center board needed to be a little lower than the sides, and I kept planing it down until the top of this divider just touched the jars. Now how wide should the trim be? I kept planing that down until it fit too.
Hey! What happened to simple?
Like all our woodworking projects, what seems like a simple tray to hold some plastic jars has a way of getting complex when we really get down to the details that will make this project work well. But to tell the truth, I have come to the jarring conclusion that it is the details and getting it right that just make woodworking so much fun to do.
May the force be with you.
Keep boxing and keep posting.
-- Big Al in IN