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Project by Tim Dahn posted 01-31-2010 08:03 PM 3813 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I made using hand tools, I dimensioned the wood with hand planes, reduced the thickness from 3/4” to 1/2” and cut the dovetails with my Japanese saw and chisels. Also made the raised panel bottom with a hand plane. The wood is poplar and is finished with a coat of zinsser seal coat shellac, a couple applications of transtint medium brown dye mixed with denatured alcohol and a final couple of coats of Minwax wipe on poly. The top of the tray has Deco Art, Napa red acrylic paint and the wipe on poly.

I must say I really enjoyed working on this project with hand tools, the quieter sounds, the shop less dusty.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.





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stefang

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 08:44 PM

A very fine result Tim. You did a great job on those dovetails too. I’m with you 100% on the joy of doing it all by hand. These are the kind of projects that make us feel like craftsmen. Of course I don’t let that stop me from using my machines a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 09:06 PM

Beautiful Tray!

Hope you didn’t get as frustrated as I did when you cut the dove tails on the angled sides.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 09:07 PM

Very Nice Tim nice work

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 09:15 PM

Very nice, and the colors give it a festive appearance. Assume it is for carrying stuff from kitchen to patio or dining room or even passing around snacks at a game watching party or some such.

Some day I am going to try some hand stuff also, but I need to get the shop in order first. Those dovetails really look good. I don’t know about you, but I always make sure my photo closeups are only of the best joints and profiles…..(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 09:29 PM

Great job, great looking tray I like the bottom with the raised panel and the dove tail ends making it very solid.

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 09:51 PM

nice tray you have made I like that is done unplugged

Dennis

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 11:24 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.

Mike, I’m not giving up the machines either…yet.

a1Jim Thanks! it was a lot of fun.

Lew The sides are not angled, although I see one of the pictures it kind of looks that way.

Jim Yes that is exactly it, for carrying food/snacks to the deck or to friends. The secrets out on the closeups!

GMman The raised panel bottom was not needed but I have seen that used in drawers on antique furniture so I thought I would give a try, turned out to be fairly easy way to fit the bottom in the dado.

Dennis Not totally unplugged but probably 95%, it has inspired me to try more hand work.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 11:54 PM

and the best thing abaut unplugged is the sidebenefision silence (nearly) and no safety gear needed
good luck with it
I´m looking forward to my bench is restored so I can start woodworking as a galoot (gentleman as t-chisel say)

Dennis

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Grumpy

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 11:59 PM

NICE JOB TIMBO

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 01:07 AM

Very nice Tim,
Did you cut the groove or rabbet by hand too?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Tim Dahn

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 01:13 AM

Dick That is the one thing I did not do by hand, I did it on the table saw. But the side with the tails could not be a through cut so I did the ends with a chisel. One of these days I will find an old rabbit plane or similar to do those with.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 01:17 AM

Tim,
I guess you can’t have everything.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Skylark53

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#13 posted 02-01-2010 01:40 AM

Beautiful work. Nice finish. You should be very pleased.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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