|Project by grace123||posted 12-13-2015 12:12 AM||1116 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
I made this tray from red maple. This is going to be Christmas present for my mother. Several years ago my mother had cancer surgery that left her with lymphedema in her arm. This is a condition that requires wrapping her arm nightly in Ace-type bandages. I made the tray to hold the items she needs to wrap her arm. She needs the wraps, a special felt for the crease of her elbow, a tub of cream, adhesive tape, scissors,,,,quite a bit of stuff. So the tray will make it easier for her to keep her supplies together. The bottom of the tray is covered with leather. I wanted her to feel free to set the tray on her dining room table without fear of scratching the surface. (She wraps her arm at her dining room table.) I also lined the inside bottom of the tray with leather. I am a novice carver and I tried my hand at a very simple design of apple blossoms to decorate the front of the tray.
I looked at antique cutlery trays for inspiration in this project. I “eye balled” quite a few pictures on the Internet and set to work. The sides of trays that I liked had a slope of 15 degrees more or less. So I used a compound angle calculator http://jansson.us/jcompound.html and set to work. This means I set my table saw blade at 15 degrees. Then I cut the top and bottom of the boards I intended to use for the sides of the tray. The finished boards have parallel sides. Then, I set my table saw blade to 43.1 degrees using a digital angle finder. If you have tried to do a project with compound angles, you know that the exact set up of the angles makes for a better final project. I used a miter angle of 14.5 degrees. The tray measures 10 3/4 inches by 15 1/2 inches at the top. I made a through dado in the side pieces to hold the handle. All in all it was fun to make.
Merry Christmas to one and all.