|Project by TechTeacher04||posted 03-13-2016 10:57 PM||588 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I teach in 3 different rooms over the course of my school day. One of my colleagues does not like the idea of a tray to hand in work, so I started thinking about how to keep papers secure after the bell has rung and during my travels between rooms and my office. I complicated the design because I could to include a sliding lid that is also a clipboard and used half blind dovetails to help me rationalize why I have a dovetail jig that has been collecting dust for the last 12 months. The material is all reclaimed alder from some unfinished furniture components I picked up when a box store 10 years ago. I always knew I would find a use for it.
The bottom is a solid floating panel 1/4” thick. The sides are all 1/2” joined with half blind dovetails cut on my Leigh Super 18 dovetail jig. The top/clipboard is 1/4” thick with lightly chamfered edges to allow it to slide in and out easily. I used a slim profile clipboard clip from Saunders.
3-4 coats of Minwax wipe-on satin polyurethane. Paste wax topcoat to allow the clipboard to slide in and out easier.
The hardest part of this project was getting the dovetails right, After several days of failure I posted on Lumber jocks and called Leigh only to find out I was using the wrong bit for the depth of cut I needed. Once my new bits came the joints went right together on the first try.