Compound angle dovetail drip tray

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Project by stanleyfatmax posted 08-19-2012 05:36 PM 5769 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a small project between a couple larger ones I wanted to do a drip tray for my homebrew kegorator. I read an article about the ease of making compound angle butt joints by using a set up block to reference the blade and miter guage angles, and it definitely made for easy, short work. Once there it was just a regular exercise of dovetail layout and execution, just a bit more awkward always working off square. There was a trick for getting the appropriate rise and run as well but I just eyeballed it. It was also a bit tedious having to be more gentle as the compound angle results in sharper corners on some parts of the joinery that are less supported and easy to accidentally chip away (a few of which can be seen in the pictures if you look closely). The last picture is the tray “installed” with some river rock—I like the way it looks but I’ll have to wait and see how annoying it gets to be washing out the tray and rocks.

The finish was oil and a couple coats of a marine poly, which is shinier than I’d like but I’m hoping it will hold up to the abuse of being a drip tray.

By the way, the beer is a rye pale ale. The left tap is dry and is awaiting a koelsch style that is aging—I lost my chalk for writing the names on the tap handles.

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 06:00 PM

Looks like it worked out pretty well ! “Tray bien” as the French would say . . .

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 07:01 PM

Hmmm…. marking out that job would make me scratch my head. You made it look easy, well done.

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 07:40 PM

Very nice job on the dovetails. Looks real good.
Thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 12:55 AM

That is some nice dovetailing job .
I just hope you finished the trough with beer prove finish .LOL
Well done and enjoy that beer .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 04:24 AM

great looking dovetail piece. the river rocks adds a nice touch.

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 05:58 AM

Nice job. Those compound dovetails aren’t for the faint of heart, are they? ;-)

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 10:32 PM

Very nice workmanship on this.

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