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Project by MrLaughingbrook posted 02-21-2018 12:29 PM 702 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Please enjoy my pictures and descriptions. I had blocks of teak that were included in the packing materials of some patio furniture purchased 15 years ago. I think they meant them to be used as mallets during assembly of the tenons and installation of dowels. Anyway, I finally got around to seeing a tray was in there if I could just route around it.

Used a forstner drill bit to start:

Made a jig to guide the bushing on a bowl bit on the router table. I just CA glued some MDF blocks together.

And, mounted the block upside down on it using double sided tape. I trimmed off the overhangs after I took this picture.

After completing the bowl cuts I added some shims to guide a flush trim straight bit to cut a smaller recess 1/32 deep in the floor.

Decorated it with turquoise inlay in 1/8th and 1/16th dados and swede-tex.

Finished with danish oil and renaissance wax.

I ruined one with a mistake at the router, but I’m happy to have accomplished one successful tray using new techniques for me. My wife likes it.

-- MrLaughingbrook





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majuvla

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#1 posted 02-21-2018 01:10 PM

Very cute with those inlays.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 01:14 PM

Looks great, nice work.

-- Chris K

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Dan

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 02:57 PM

creative and useful. Looks great too!

-- Dan

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 04:46 PM

Very attractive looking project! There are a number of nice looking features all in one finished product.

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Jerry

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 05:29 PM

Very Nice!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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#6 posted 02-21-2018 06:55 PM

Teak and turquoise, nice choice of materials even if though the teak was packing material!
It turned out beautifully!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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jimintx

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#7 posted 02-21-2018 07:10 PM

That’s a gorgeous piece.

I’d like to find a tutorial about how to inlay the turquoise the way you’ve done it. I know about routing out the inlay area, its the procurement and then the handling of the turquoise i don’t know about.

Maybe there is a youtube on the methods …

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#8 posted 02-21-2018 07:38 PM

That is very nice and I second the tutorial on turquoises inlay.

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MrLaughingbrook

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#9 posted 02-21-2018 08:05 PM

For the inlay of crushed gemstone:
0. coat with deft to protect the wood surface from the glue
1. cut a groove
2. fill with medium grit crushed stone
3. add fine grit crushed stone
4. add thin CA glue (use a very small gauge tip)
5. add medium CA glue which will flow to follow the thin (again with a small tip to prevent a mess)
6. sand and sand and sand it smooth

On this project I ended up with gaps in the gemstone which were filled with the medium CA glue. On my project under construction now, I did better.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#10 posted 02-21-2018 08:40 PM

This is a very nice jewelry tray.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#11 posted 02-21-2018 11:40 PM

Great project. Nice results.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 02-22-2018 11:37 AM

very nice..what are the dimensions??

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MrLaughingbrook

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#13 posted 02-22-2018 01:26 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Dimensions are approximately 8” x 3” x 2” Height.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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jimintx

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#14 posted 02-22-2018 02:16 PM

I enjoy seeing the techniques you used to rout the tray out of the block. I know I would not have thought to do this that way on my own.

The way you did the bottom, leaving the integral corner feet, is also a really nice part of the tray. I can only imagine, that process must have involved some more creative jig making.

After web searching for crushed turquoise, I now know a place or two to buy it, and that it is not cheap. Look like the prices run in the range of 90 to 100 $/lb. Presumably the inlay depth can be minimized to make the material cost somewhat more reasonable.

I really appreciate the ideas this thread has provided.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#15 posted 02-22-2018 06:21 PM

Nicely done.

Another method for hollowing the interior that may be quicker and easier that I just came across was to first slice of a bottom piece (what ever thickness you need) with a band saw. Sand both sides of the cut smooth and flat. Then use a sabre saw to rough cut the interior out and finish as you did with a template and router bit (bottom bearing trim bit). Finally glue the bottom back on. If you are careful the cut line disappears.

-- Les B, Oregon

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