|Project by lew||posted 11-27-2009 11:02 PM||2409 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
Well, the serving tray for my nephew is finished.
It measures about 14” x 21” and is made from 3/8” Cherry. The bottom is 3/16” and sits in a dado. The sides angle out at about 10 degrees. The sides and ends are dovetailed together- hand cut. The finish is several applications of wipe on poly.
The dovetails didn’t turn out as nice as I would have liked. The compound angle between the sides and ends made cutting them a real challenge. I really like the Japanese pull saw for cutting the dovetails. I seem to get a little better control of the saw. And, I would have liked the pins to close up more at the narrow ends but I guess that will come with practice.
At least now, I understand why the Shakers often nailed their tray/box bottoms instead of setting them in dados- the Shakers were not permitted to use Official Navy language during the assembly of their work.
Thanks for looking. Comments and criticisms are always welcome.
-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.