Venerred Bathtub Tray

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Project by bobasaurus posted 333 days ago 1416 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bathtub tray for my sister, who moved into an apartment with a huge bathtub that no commercial tray would span. It’s the fanciest rectangle I’ve ever built :) . The central panel is baltic birch ply with walnut veneer and a marquetry fish pattern (one of the underwater enemies from Super Mario Brothers). I did the marquetry double-bevel on the scroll saw… I’m not very experienced at it, so the lines are a bit wiggly. The frame is maple and jatoba with pinned bridle joints, hand-fit with a skew block/rabbet plane and shoulder plane:

I also used a couple bench planes for flattening and smoothing (including my fancy new Lie-Nielsen No. 4):

The frame is just pocket screwed to the central panel. The finish is many thinned coats of Minwax Helmsman, starting with clear gloss and ending with satin, then a coat of citrus shield paste wax. Should be nicely water resistant.

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-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 333 days ago

Cool project and great looking! Also, see you got to give you collection of planes a nice workout.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 333 days ago

Great job, love the Mario fish inlay.

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#3 posted 333 days ago

Very nice tray and very nice planes too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 333 days ago

That is a very impressive tray! I’m sure your sister will appreciate it. As Mike said, you have some very nice hand planes. My latest acquisition was a Stanley 113.

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#5 posted 333 days ago

Maybe i need to get out more but what is a bathroom tray used for? Whatever it does it sure looks good!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 330 days ago

Pretty tray! The inlay adds a great accent. Like the wood combo and finish. I’m sure sister appreciates it. Great job!

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#7 posted 34 days ago

Nice work with the joinery!

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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