|Project by BertFlores58||posted 03-30-2013 03:41 PM||1114 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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.