Octagonal Tray

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Project by TheWoodfather posted 01-07-2016 10:31 AM 1091 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked in December if I could make a tray for our son to use to play with his Magic Sand. (It’s a special sand that has been treated to only stick to itself, good fun for the young one.)

At the same time I received an email from a reader who was asking if I had ever made angled finger joints on my single blade jig, he’d tried but wasn’t happy with the results.

I thought putting those two requests together would make for a pretty cool project, so that’s what I set about doing.
It’s made from Spotted Gum decking off-cuts, the wood is just beautiful, my photos do not do it justice.

Once I figured out how I would adapt my jig to make these it was fairly straight forward; though the glue up was a bit fiddly, I really need to buy longer clamps.

The one real issue with it is that the joints are not flush, that’s my fault for not dialing in the correct angle on the tablesaw. I cut them at around 43.5 degrees instead of the required 45. That problem has been solved, Santa gave me a digital angle guide for Christmas so it won’t happen again.

I had a lot of fun making this, and even with the gaps I think it turned out really nice, I’m going to make another one shortly which will have handles routed into the sides, we eat outside a lot more these days and it would be nice to bring out all the drinks/glasses/serviettes etc in one shot.

I’ll film that build for my youtube channel and will share the plans for the jig if anyone wants them.


-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#1 posted 01-07-2016 02:07 PM

Those corner joints look awesome. Very uniqe.

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 03:53 PM

Very interesting and a great job for a first try.
When you get ur dialed in it will be out standing.
May I make a suggestion, let each board have the same joint on both ends it will look more uniform but it looks great like it is so?

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 03:43 PM

Very nice project. Also thanks for sharing your build ideas – should make future corners much easier!

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