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bandit571

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415 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question oak cherry joining traditional rustic

I have two such trays. Both were designed to sit on an electric range when the stove is NOT in use. Only one gets used, now. The other needs a base to sit on, like for sitting up in bed. A look at the tray

The three side pieces are White Oak. The end ones have handles cut out into them. The rest of this tray is reclaimed Black Cherry. Reclaimed because it was at one time a floor joist!

Thinking maybe some short legs, maybe 12” or so. Maybe 1×1s even. The aprons would be almost hidden. Thinking maybe a half-lap joint to join two long rails in an “X” under the tray. Maybe a bridal joint where they meet the legs. I could make the bridal joint into a dovetail-like through joint. Going for hand tool looks. Looking at a way to attach the base to the tray.

As for the other tray

It can be the stove sitter from now on. Just old, reclaimed Pine, with some Beech as the rails. Daughter painted the star. One HEAVY tray.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use


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#1 posted 414 days ago

Got some work on the base done, just a start, actually.

Ripped two front legs, and planed the saw marks off

Along with two “back legs”. Set up to rip two apron/rails

By screwing a board down to the bench, that saw on the floor IS the rip saw. There is NO tablesaw in the shop. I then planned away saw marks, again

And started to work on a leg joint, or two

A variation of a “Bridal Joint”. Angles still need to be refined for a better fit. Two legs are skinny, the ones closest to the user. The thicker legs are further away. Rails are at an angle, too. Got the larger leg started

Still needs some fitting out, but one half of the leg assembly is getting about done

Somewhere in the middle of the rail, I’ll make an angled Half-lap joint. One more look at the Bridal Joint?

Be awhile, before this one is done….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 413 days ago

Second assembly is sitting in the clamps. I have the lap joint on the first assembly sawn out

Used a chisel to pare the joint smooth. Will saw the other half when the glue has had a chance to cure.

As for the saws used on this little project

Rather large ones, but at least they will saw Oak.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 413 days ago

Who needs a table saw, jointer/planer or thickness planer???
I DO, That’s who!!!

You go git ‘em! Tray stand is lookin’ good!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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bandit571

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#4 posted 411 days ago

Tray and base are now together, thanks to five screws

While it may be a shame to hide all the joinery work under the tray, the joinery was the best option to attach legs to a tray.

May be a Cheap Butler”s Tray?

May stain the base a dark colour, so that the tray seems to float along???

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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