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Project by CaptainAhab posted 11-29-2010 03:39 PM 1861 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wife requested lap trays for Christmas. So…. Frames are all quarter-sawn White Oak. Woods in no order whatsoever…Bloodwood, Osage Orange, Walnut, Aspen, Bamboo, Purpleheart, Alder, Lyptus, birds eye Maple. She wanted rails for eating, I wanted flat for drawing, so the backs are flat and smooth! And yes, that puzzle is stained.

-- Dave

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 04:46 PM

Great job looks super !!!

How are the bottoms attached to the frames? And, also what is the approx. size?

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 04:52 PM

Great Christmas ideas. Nice job.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 06:24 PM

Inside dimensions are 13” x 18”. Frames are attached with blind dowels and titebond II.

-- Dave

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 07:10 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 07:13 PM

They are real beauts Capt.

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 09:03 PM

Nice. The puzzle piece tray is quite whimsical… what sort of stain did you use?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 11-29-2010 11:27 PM

Are the puzzle edges carved out, or is the camera playing with me?

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#8 posted 11-30-2010 02:07 AM

Nice stuff Cap. The last one is my favorite but the big question is, was the wife happy? ;-) Thanks for letting us see them…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 11-30-2010 03:37 AM

Chip, she hasnt’ seen them yet….unless she catches them on here….hmmm…

I wanted the puzzle pieces to be identical front and back, so the simplest way I knew was to bandsaw it out, dado the edges with router and reassemble with epoxy and sawdust. My hope was that the epoxy wouldnt take the stain and thus simplify things…..not so. Had to clean up the edges. Green and blue are water based (great big pain in the &^@@, hate water stain).

Mrs N ….puzzle is planed flat.

-- Dave

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#10 posted 11-30-2010 05:20 AM

They all look great but really love the puzzle one. I am sure they will hit the mark.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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