Absinthe tray

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Project by KnickKnack posted 01-18-2012 02:10 PM 2448 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My membership of TrayMakerHolics Anonymous is up for renewal soon, and I wanted to take my microadjusting fence out for a serious spin, and I find trays to provide interesting challenges, so I came up with this – the “Absinthe Tray”.
4mm is the smallest bit I have that has any kind of height to it, so I went with these finger joints…

What more can I say – everytime I use the jig I’m amazed that that it works at all, let alone this well – turn the screws, cut, turn the screws, cut – and it fits together with just a gentle mallet tap.
The handles were a challenge – I actually went to the store to get some metal handles, but, wouldn’t you know it, they were having some kind of rearrangement and they had no handles at all. I guess I could have waited, but I’m not big on waiting. Besides – one can make handles as almost a separate project – if they don’t work, just don’t use them – which is what I usually end up doing. But I thought these were OK – not great, but OK.
I usually like to fume my oak a lot to get pretty black wood, but this time I decided to go for something a little more subtle, so not much ammonia, and only a couple of hours in the bag. Maybe subtle will start to grow on me?
The cat liked it…

and he’s a pretty harsh judge – perhaps he’d enjoyed licking the drips from the bottle!
The wife’s comment – she laughed and said “You’re getting better”. I guess this is code for something, but I’m not sure I want to know what!

Lightly fumed oak and beech and birch plywood. Linseed oil finish. 27cm x 38cm.

All comments, offerings of absinthe or associated paraphernalia are welcome.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 01-18-2012 02:52 PM

That’s a first class serving tray. Your finger joints look great. I’d say your membership in TrayMakerHolics Anonymous has been restored. It’s would appear that you’ve upgraded to the premium membership. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 01-18-2012 02:53 PM

I’ve never made anything with finger joints, and I sure like the way they look. Going to have to look up jigs for them. Nice tray…and style of liquor.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#3 posted 01-18-2012 03:34 PM

Great job on the tray….it has a sort of Scandinavian / modern flavor. Is it true that absinthe makes the heart grow fonder?

-- jbschutz

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will delaney

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#4 posted 01-18-2012 03:48 PM

Great design! Your micro adjustable fence served you well the finger joints look perfect. Thanks for posting with all the pictures.

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 04:53 PM

If you squint a little and step back from your first photo you can almost see Van Gogh and his artist friends seated around the table admiring the subtle colors in the landscape, the magnificent light, the very lovely tray and of course their beloved absinthe.

Nice work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 05:35 PM

I never get sick of seeing finger joints. Nice job.

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 05:56 PM

Very nice tray

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#8 posted 01-18-2012 11:52 PM

I like it, it has class. If only I knew what class meant. I actually got to taste some while I was stationed in Europe, it tasted like poison, hey, come to think of it, it is poison. Nice tray, everything I makes turns out to be an ashetray!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 12:18 AM

If only you’d made a Jack Daniels tray, then I would copy it…

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#10 posted 01-19-2012 05:50 AM

Here’s to strong sunlight photography, strong drink, strong joints (and weak cloud lifts on the handles), all making an easy but yet very strong case for your membership renewal.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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