Router Made Snack Tray

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Project by topspin posted 04-07-2010 04:02 AM 2650 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Routed tray made of Walnut and White Oak. Sanded to 200 and finished with mineral oil.

Another LJ posted one of these and made a comment about how much of a pain they are to sand and how wasteful they are of material…. I fully agree on both accounts.

This one was given to a coworker who is a big football fan… sort of looks like a football.

This is based on the Wood magazine article that ran a few months ago.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 04:05 AM

To any others that make these…. buy your cups before you make your pattern. Every retailer’s are different size (diameter and height) and you’ll need to make adjustments. Also my want to consider the finger holes like I added to make it easier to remove the cups.

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 04:14 AM

What a great tray. Material loss and sanding aside, great project, great gift

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 05:29 AM

At the same time I see the waste of beautiful material, I also fail to “care”, because of the overall quality of the piece. great job!

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 05:32 AM

great work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 06:46 AM

Nice looking tray. Thanks for the tip on the cups.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 07:03 AM

Very neatly routed tray.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 12:00 PM

Very nice, I see what you mean on the waste and sanding.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 02:32 PM

Very cool!! I know you enjoyed it because I made three of these for Christmas gifts last year and had a tremendous time as well as a ton of fun doing it. The only thing different is that I used hard maple instead of oak for my lighter colored wood. You can read my full article on the project (if interested) on my website at: By the way, the finger holes was an excellent idea! After my girls got their trays, one of them made a comment that it would be easier to get the cups out for refilling if there was a “finger hole”.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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Dave Owen

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#9 posted 04-07-2010 04:25 PM

Beautiful job! Several friends have made these, but they all seem to have had trouble getting the router marks out of the inside bottom. Did you use a special bit – or did you just spend a lot more time sanding?

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 04-07-2010 05:29 PM

Great stuff.

A couple of thoughts/questions I have:
-I like the finger holes you added and assume you could also drill a hole underneath the cup compartment to ease removal of the cups.
-What about gluing up pieces around the edges and where the cups sit to reduce the amount of material “wasted”?

Regardless, I will have to give this a try.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 04-07-2010 08:28 PM

Thanks all for the many positive comments.

To DaveOwen – I sanded… a lot to get the internal marks out. I used a bowl sanding pad with the star/wavy sand paper on the drill press to do most of the inside and a sander on the outside. If you’re careful about the routing not to have any tips it’s actually not too bad.

Jason – all good thoughts. I didn’t want a hole all the way through the last layer…so the finger holes. Eventually I’ll figure out how to do this with smaller pieces. Though to an extent I don’t like the way the joints look on the sides…

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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Dave Owen

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#12 posted 04-07-2010 11:10 PM

Thanks for your reply regarding the sanding, Topspin. With a lamination like you used, here’s another thought about the wasted wood. You could rough cut the center out of the top two layers before laminating and use those pieces on a smaller project. That would also significantly reduce the amount of routing.

-- Dave O.

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#13 posted 04-09-2010 07:18 AM

great looking tray, seen a few of these pop up on this site, but this is in the top of them all… love the contrast…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 04-14-2010 08:55 PM

niice tray
and I´m with Dave Owen rough cut the top layers first


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#15 posted 08-22-2010 06:46 AM

-i don’t understand how it wastes more than other pieces. -i understand the consideration -i hate scooping walnut shavings after ripping it and i want to make all of the dust into filler
-yeah -it is perfectly beautiful -sanding those types of work and rotary carvings can be really grueling and use up materials

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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