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Project by gpeau posted 424 days ago 2462 views 36 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was another project at school ( where the goal was to make 7-8 mutiples. I ended up making 19 since I had enough wood from a board of cherry and one of walnut. The bottoms are ply to speed up the process then lipped where the handle was cut out. My previous project “Test Boxes” I had determined the size and spacing of the kerf cuts for these trays.

The fourth and sixth pictures I was playing with all of the bands since they made for interesting photos. This was right before steam bending. The fifth photo shows my drying rack where I placed the bands after they were steamed and bent by hand holding them at 90 degrees.

I’d make a few changes to speed up the process, but after the Test Boxes were figured out it took me a little over two weeks to make 20, with one failure from steaming, which includes the time for jig making. This was my first project spray finishing, a bit of a learning curve but definitely speeds up the process when you have multiple items and not a lot of time! I’ve sold 12, most at CraftBoston and the school’s Messler Gallery to strangers, the rest are reserved for family and friends. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 424 days ago

This is a real nice collection of trays and I like the design. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 423 days ago

Nice idea.
It lends itself very well to production.
I also like the creativity in the photography… art in itself.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#3 posted 423 days ago

Very cool design I never thought of using spline and kerf cuts as a design elements,very ingenious and great looking too.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 423 days ago

Years ago when I was young and in the prime of life …. I met a fellow that was doing some kerf bending, then put a cap rail over the kerfs to hide them … Well along comes his daughter and fills the gaps with colored resin and sands it off smooth.
He was making dormitory waste baskets, ... but now available in your favorite team colors.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 423 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 423 days ago

very nice design, Are the two bands only glued together at the kerf ?

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#7 posted 423 days ago

Great idea and project. Apparently you have learned well :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 423 days ago

Those are Sweet! What a production run.
Nice photos too. Thanks.

It looks like you are having fun along the way. Good for you.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 423 days ago

Those kerf bends look amazing. Nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#10 posted 423 days ago

Very nice work, I agree with Paul the pictures are great as well!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 423 days ago

What a great post! This is one one of those must do sometime projects.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#13 posted 423 days ago

I’ve always frowned upon kerf bends, but these have a decorative element.
You’ve made me want to try :)

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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#14 posted 423 days ago

Great design and superb workmanship !
Love the kerf bent corner detail and scarf joint .
I have made a couple of lights and am currently working on a coffee table using the kerf bent method and it
sure lends it self to some nice design possibilities when left exposed .
I hope you will post more projects like this wonderful tray .

-- Kiefer 松

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#15 posted 421 days ago

These are great Iv’e gotta try my hand at these and I love Grumpy Mikes idea of the colored resin in the kerfs.
I think in addition to gluing the halves together I might also shoot a few pins into it to help prevent shearing or maybe some type of decorative banding around the joints.
Iv’e got a small habit of overbuilding stuff, a child’s bunk bed may not need a capacity of 250 lbs but if I can lay on it I don’t have to worry about them playing on it.

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