Wood Tray First Attempt

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Project by Tooch posted 09-22-2013 05:40 PM 911 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I bought a Bowl/Tray system that uses a router bit with extension collet to carve out bowls and trays. The only problem I had with it was that you needed stock at least 18” wide to use the template that came with it (shown in picture 2). That’s a huge frickin tray!

So I drew up a similar, yet smaller template in CAD, cut it out with the laser engraver (pic 3), and made a duplicate using some 3/4” ply and a flush bit on the router (pic 4).

Being this was my first attempt, I mounted it to some scrap shelving that the library was throwing out (pic 5) and ended up with the finish product (pic 1). Can’t wait to try it out on some deeper stock!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 09-22-2013 07:29 PM

Nice going Tooch, That was good move making the template smaller so it would work for you! I’ll be looking for the next one you make!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 09-22-2013 11:08 PM

Very nice Tooch. Any chance you can share that pattern you made of the smaller template?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 12:05 AM

Hi Tooch you and I are think the same check out my way I did it

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 02:12 AM

Tooch I had one more question. I can see the top of the try is darker. Was there a stain on the to added?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 03:34 AM

thanks Tony, I already have a couple different designs in the works, will post when they’re finished

Larry- I’d love to share the pattern, what file format would work best for you? the top is darker b/c the piece I used was an old shelf, and already had a finish on it. the lighter color of the trays is the natural maple color.

Woodman I checked out your blog and am glad to see I’m not the only one who thought moving the template around was crazy. Also who the heck has that much room (18” around) on coffee tables? mine is filled up with TV remotes, dirty dishes and kids books…

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 04:58 PM

It looks great, just keep on ’’routing’’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 03:31 AM

That turned out nice and I don’t see a problem .
Nice work and waiting to see your next one .

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 04:49 PM

That’s one unique and pretty tray. Like the interesting design and the contrasting woods used. Well done!

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