Compound Angle Tray for Neighbor

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Project by dpmeyer4867 posted 06-21-2016 09:58 PM 1332 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lauren, the neighbor girl, is getting married this weekend. I made her a compound-angle tray as a gift so she has someplace to put her keys, cell phone, and whatever when she gets home for the evening.
The lumber is from trees that have been taken down by wind on the place that she grew up. The base is Pear and the sides are Maple.
Hopefully it will bring memories of home as she starts the next chapter of her life.
I got the design idea from Tommy Mac on Rough Cut. The ‘magic block’ worked great to determine all the angles.
The finish is spray Poly. I got the wrought nails on line somewhere. I cut them down to about 3/4”, pre-drilled and banged them in.

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#1 posted 06-22-2016 02:22 PM

Boy, this ticks off quite a few items on my list. I love a clean-finished product that preserves the character of its rustic nature. The nails are a nice touch, and the choice of maple sides worked out well to balance the look of the piece, while allowing you to enjoy the “older” look of the pear tray.

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#2 posted 06-22-2016 02:53 PM

very nice looking and great history

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 06-23-2016 08:16 AM

DP, Tommy Mac would be proud of your work. I like your choice of woods and finish. As TM suggested, the cut nails add a nice touch. What a thoughtful gift for your neighbor. I am sure it will get long years of use. If you would like to try a more refined design sometime, look at this.

-- Big Al in IN

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