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Project by Brad18 posted 02-18-2014 03:58 AM 858 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tray that I made as a Christmas gift for my parents.

The technique used in the panel of the tray was written about in the book called Laminated Designs in Wood by Clarence Rannefeld.

Basically, I started by laminating two strips of walnut, two strips of white oak, and one strip cherry in a symmetrical fashion. The outer strips we 2” wide walnut, and the interior stripe consisted of two strips of 1/8” oak and one strip of 1/4” cherry. After this lamination was glued and planed, it was cut into 3/4” strips at a 45 degree angle. After alternating each strip and regluing, it looked something like this (this picture came from software called LaminationPro, which you can find online, and is a great tool for designing these panels)...

The same process was done to this panel as well. I used a 60 degree angle on my next round of cuts. On the second round of cuts, you need to cut through the midpoint of the ascending or descending lines of the zigzag. Then you need to do the same process of flipping over every other strip and gluing the strips back together.

There are an infinite number of designs that can be made using this technique by altering the angles. You can also alter the design by continuing to make more and more rounds of cuts.

I used a modified tablesaw sled to make the cuts. The sled allows me to change angles of the cuts and contains a stop block in order to have all my cuts be the same width.

The border of the tray was made from maple.





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#1 posted 02-18-2014 04:52 AM

Beautiful tray with outstanding pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 05:23 AM

Nicely done.
That is one of the more difficult second generation.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 12:37 PM

Wow, that is beautiful, I love the design, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 01:25 PM

Very nice tray…the pattern is really good…excellent.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 03:48 PM

That is beautiful.

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 03:50 PM

This turned out beautifully. You did a very nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#7 posted 02-18-2014 09:32 PM

very nice

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#8 posted 02-18-2014 10:20 PM

Nice second generation pattern and welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 01:51 AM

Thank you everyone. Thanks for the welcome, SASmith.

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 11:21 AM

Awesome, I love it and need to make one now… I’m sure I’ll be asking you advice…. A+++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 02-20-2014 11:29 PM

Great design! Would you mind sharing a picture and explanation of your mitre sled?

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 04:58 PM

Awesome tray! Like the cool pattern and pretty wood combo. Great job!

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#13 posted 05-21-2014 03:14 PM

Here are a couple pictures. It is just a basic sled with an adjustable guide that can be set at any angle. There is an adjustable stop as well that can control the size of the piece being cut.

When doing the second generation cut, you need something to line up the cut to ensure that you are cutting through the center point of the ascending or descending section. In the upper part of the first picture there is a little hardwood guide that slides into the the groove on the sled and sits above the panel that is being cut. This allows me to verify the location of the midpoint where the cut should be made.

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