Tumbling Blocks as a Tray

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 485 days ago 979 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How strong is the glue? We already knew that joints made from glue may not be as strong compared to a solid wood. This project is a test of how it will be.

The attempt originally is to make a box out of the thumbling blocks design but I have changed my mind as the sides will not create a harmonious design using only stripes. So I end up in making the tray. It was too tough for me to do the molding and the handle. The miter joint (Britboxmaker) style been the one used however the longer sides started to curve (bulging because of the tension on the joints.

The frame and handle are really hard… IRON WOOD (Dungon). This wood will still be strong even I make a groove of 1/8 on a 3/8 thickness. I have used this wood in fabricating wooden latches and hinges. Finally, I was right… I made a tongue and groove joint on the frame.. This is too strong because the fitness is so tight and also there is enough glue space. This will also prevent the bulging of the side. I use portable router with guide. The assembly is done simultaneously to all sides with the last to be defined are the corners of the frame.

The ultimate challenge on this kind of work is how this will survive as a tray. I applied sanding sealer after spreading a lot of glue. Final coat is valspar exterior brand. Washing it may affect the expansion of the pieces but let us see.

Hope you like the colors combination….
Brown – three rows inner…. IPIL
Dark brown – Last two rows (outer) – DUNGON
Light brown (nearly orrange) – NARRA
White – ACASIA

These woods are recycled from old houses…. As usual, I make my projects from those reclaimed and recycled woodl.


-- Bert

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 485 days ago

Bert that is a neat tray
Pic #4 is amazing.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 485 days ago

Thanks Jamie,
One thing about the background, it is a bamboo mat…. Amazing how it was made by Korean. Each piece are holed and stiched together by a nylon thread. The thickness of each bamboo is 3/32 inch. It is more durable than the carpet. Thanks for noticing it. Don’t worry about the tray… it is made by myself and my success in doing a project is already a big win for the challenges I manage to overcome. God bless,

-- Bert

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#3 posted 485 days ago

That looks pretty cool.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 485 days ago

Beautiful tray, Bert! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 485 days ago

Nice one, mate.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 484 days ago

Tray bien, Bert.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 484 days ago

Gracias! Many of us wants those wonders.. how and why not think of Happy Easter by thinking on how to construct an egg oval…. Thanks to all. The test must go on on this tray.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 481 days ago

Wonderful tray! The design is unique and interesting with the beautiful wood colors used. Impressive work!

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