Spline Tray

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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-04-2010 05:11 PM 2369 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it was about time I tried something a little more difficult than a G&S joint, so I designed this tray around the requirement that it be joined with sliding dovetail splines (I guess that’s what you’d call them). Cutting the actual pieces was the most difficult – exactly the right widths and indentations – it took me 5 attempts to get it this right – not quite perfect, but I’m actually pretty pleased with it. I learnt a lot along the way on this one – notably that you can throw a piece away and start again, and that if you need to find the big mallet it isn’t close enough.
I’m not sure about the plywood for the splines – it made life very difficult dealing with the very thin veneer remaining on the dovetail and, unless you look closely, you don’t really see that it’s layers of wood. Still, having got something that did actually fit I decided to go with it.

Pine and plywood – finished with thinned Oil & Varnish.

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 05:28 PM

It’s great. Very neatly build.

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 05:47 PM

Good joinry.
First, I thouth it’s made of treated lumber.
Oiled pine looks similar with the treated. lol

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#3 posted 09-04-2010 08:11 PM

Great design. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#4 posted 09-04-2010 09:26 PM

Cool tray!

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

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#5 posted 09-04-2010 10:22 PM

we will have to get together and do some serious tray testing, mines a mojito x

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 03:42 AM

Once again you come up with a cool tray design for me to steal.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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