Man Trays for the Guys

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A while back. I posted some know, a place for a guy to dump his wallet, keys, change, etc. Well, recently I got an order for 8 matching Man-Trays from a young man who is getting married and wanted to give each of his groomsmen a special gift. He requested that they be alike and made of walnut with a maple “racing stripe” running through thrm.
The Trays are 5.25 inches square and stand about 1.25 inches tall. The bottom foot is covered in black leather, and they are finished with satin poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 04-28-2017 03:14 PM

These are very attractive. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 06:51 PM

Great project and beautiful execution. Are you willing to share your method for making the curve? I am guessing lathe, but could be wrong. Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 07:19 PM

Great stuff. Can you share your techniques??

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 08:32 PM

Nice work, very consistent

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 12:33 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 12:46 AM

Tech teacher, Greg S.
Of course I will share… Yes…..lathe work.
I started by gluing up the blanks….1.25 inch thick walnut 5.25 inches square and a 1/4 by 1.25 by 6 inch strip of maple. When the blocks were ready, I trimed them to square and attached a 3 inch face plate to what would be the top of the man-tray and turned the outside profile with a 3/16 inch foot about 3 inches in diameter. After turning the bottom profile and sanding through 220, I flipped the face plate to the foot and turned the top side (dished out area) , being careful to sneak up on the corners….it’s easy to go too far. Warning… careful of those four flying corners…they are pretty near invisibe! And, they are knuckle busters. Then I sanded the inside to 220. After some final sanding with my random orbit sander, i sprayed them with satin poly….three coats with hand sanding between coats.

-- jbschutz

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 05:11 AM

JBS, what a great project. I am sure it took a good deal of time. Did you ever put masking tape on the corners to act as a flag to save your knuckles? Things go south in a hurry when you are turning a square bowl.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 04-29-2017 06:35 AM

The groom made a great choice, nice job on them.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 04-29-2017 11:12 AM

Nice project. Nice workmanship.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 04-30-2017 07:34 PM

These are very cool jb.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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