EeE-ZzZ Tray

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Project by KnickKnack posted 12-09-2012 07:22 PM 2089 views 10 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I set out to design the simplest possible tray I could imagine – this is the result.

As you can see, the construction is simplicity itself…

I chose to use a bit of bookmatching Jatoba for the base. I have no idea why you can see the join line – I’ve done it before with other woods without the line – this jatoba keeps bowling me googlies (for those in America – throwing me curve balls) and I keep playing (swinging) and missing.
I decided to go with a “two-finish” approach – oil with a slight sheen for the frame, and a high gloss for the base. I was aiming for a mirror finish – it isn’t Steinway, to be sure, but, with each attempt I think I’m getting better. I’m also starting to understand that the “black as night” look just isn’t going to happen, no matter how much I fume the oak, so I was expecting dark brown.

The wife launched into a surprisingly colourful diatribe centered on the number of trays already in our possession.

All in all, some lessons learned (some for the severaleth time).

Fumed oak and jatoba. Oil + varnish. 430mm x 240mm x 35mm

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-09-2012 08:33 PM


What a Clever design!

I gotta do that!

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Paul Pomerleau

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 09:10 PM

I love it.
Very unique.
It’s going in my favorites.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 11:27 PM

Too many? Strictly in the eye of the beholder. :-)

Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 01:06 PM

Very simple. Very elegant. Well done. A gr8 way to show off a kool book-match

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

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