Double Dovetail Tray Project Completed

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Project by SPHinTampa posted 11-11-2011 04:12 PM 6432 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on a request from a friend that had seen one of my boxes, I made a serving tray out of padauk and maple. Laminated stock for the sides and a glued up panel for the base. I made it using the Incra jig system for the double dovetail joinery.

The full blog of it’s construction is here

Final result

Laminated pieces

Dovetail trim

Machined dovetails

This is a gift for friend that has been a huge help, so I am pretty excited to deliver it.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 05:44 PM

Great looking tray Shawn

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 06:03 PM

pretty sick design

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 06:03 PM

That’s a sweet tray.

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 06:12 PM

Wow! Pretty nice tray and I love the inlay dovetail. Heading over to your blog now to read about it.

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 07:29 PM

I still enjoy looking at it.

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 07:56 PM

Nice work! I really like the contrast in wood and the cool joints. I was thinking about an LS. What size do you think is adequate for the average woodworker?

-- Mike Minneapolis, MN

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 08:19 PM

I have both the 9” original version and the 16” Ultra. For making boxes and drawers, both of these sizes work fine. Anything bigger is going to be very unwieldy in a small shop.

I use the original version for a micro adjust fence on my bandsaw and drill press. I did my first two Incra projects using it (they are posted in my projects) before getting the Ultra.

I use the 16” Ultra (pre cursor to the LS) as my primary fence on the router table. It is nice but takes a lot of space. Most of the Incra router tables that I have see have the fence system set up such that the base can be moved rather than being fixed to the table. If you are going to use an Incra, I think it would be helpful to plan a different router table design to accommodate the fence design.

I assume people use the large sizes (24”) for casework. I do not have room.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 08:57 PM

That Incra system is pretty nice, isn’t it? For anyone that wants to see a full setup just look at the photos on “my workshop” on this site. I got the TS-LS Combo 1 and, although I didn’t know it at the time, I screwed up and ordered the XL (extra large) version instead of the version for table saws 28” and under setup. Pretty much all that changed is that I have an extra 6” of fence extending out both sides of the table saw and the crossbar fit is slightly different. The “white area” to the right of the saw blade is a panel that I made myself with some leftover white formica and plywood to “fill in” the open area.

Not knowing that I had screwed up and ordered the XL it was really confusing when attempting to put it together because the setup photos didn’t match what I had in my hand.

The only drawback that I really see with this system is that if you are setup for doing some work on the router table and you need to cut some stock on the table saw it’s a pain to alter the setup. One solution for this would be to have a separate router table but then that involves purchasing another fence system for that table. And really, to alter the setup for work on the table saw only involves a couple of minutes so I guess it really comes down to how much patience a person has and I really don’t have too much of that.

Really nice work on the joint. Having experience doing a few of them I learned quickly that allowing the glue to dry completely before cutting the second set of dovetails was the key to doing it right the first time and with that in mind, I still can’t do that joint using bloodwood. The router bit breaks the wood as if it were made of glass.

Good job and a nice looking tray.

-- When I works, I works hard. When I sits, I sits loose. And when I thinks I falls asleep.--

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 09:01 PM

Great work Shawn!

I have followed your blog and really enjoyed it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 11-12-2011 04:30 AM

Great job. Thanks for the pictures. Tray is wonderful

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

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#11 posted 11-12-2011 06:24 AM

Awesome looking project!! Thanks for braking down how the double dovetail was done.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#12 posted 11-14-2011 02:53 PM

Very handsome tray… Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 11-20-2011 05:04 AM

very awesome! gr8 wood combos, gr8 double d’s. nice project.

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

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#14 posted 11-20-2011 05:06 AM

Thats just wicked


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#15 posted 01-06-2012 04:10 AM

I like your choice in woods.

-- Have a great day.

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