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Forum topic by AandCstyle posted 04-24-2015 05:28 PM 959 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AandCstyle

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04-24-2015 05:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tray design

Is there a standard angle for the sides of trays? I was thinking of making them at 45 degrees, but that looked to be too much once I drew it out full size. I know I could have them at 90 degrees, but I thought it might be more interesting looking with the angled sides. Thanks!

-- Art


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#1 posted 04-24-2015 05:43 PM

No Idea…..

But interested in the answer myself

Bruce

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#2 posted 04-24-2015 05:45 PM

I made a couple and used 20° for the bevel

-- I meant to do that!

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#3 posted 04-24-2015 06:02 PM

Art

I have made a number of trays and the rule that I follow is to set my miter gauge to 75 1/2 degrees and tilt my blade to 43 1/4.

I have a couple of older plans I can send you that show the details

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#4 posted 04-24-2015 06:25 PM

Roy Underhill did one on a show some time back, that was a tool tote, and as I remember it was near a 45.
Then another time he did a household tray that had 30 degree sides.
So my guess is that what ever angle your comfortable with and pleases the eye would be correct. ???

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

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 08:14 PM

Sides are all 90. The handle I think is 45 or so.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 04-24-2015 08:45 PM

I made this tray for my mother-in-law and I’m pretty sure I used 20, not for any particular reason, but just what looked good to me.

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#7 posted 04-25-2015 12:34 AM

Ghidrah, thanks for the info.

Steve, those angles work out to about 15 degrees.

Mike, you are right, but I was being lazy and didn’t want to draw a bunch of plans then try to pick one if the answer was already available. :/

Jack, that is a fantastic tray. Did you cut the veneer yourself?

Big, thank you. Another nice looking tray and well made.

Based on this sample, it looks like 20 degrees is most common. I will draw that out and see how it looks to me.

I appreciate the guidance. :)

-- Art

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#8 posted 04-25-2015 01:41 AM

When I was in JHS shop class Mr. Toll , (teacher) had the class build one, everyone in the class used these prefabbed blocks with the cutting angles cut into them on 2 sides. It made it easier to get the angles, and if I recall we used butt joints like BigBlockYeti’s example above but ours had a handle and didn’t look as good as his or Jumbojacks.

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 04:46 AM

A friend quit woodworking, he HATED sanding. He had hundreds of square ft of veneer and a vacuum press. He dropped it off at my house when I was not home. I tried to pay him, or offered to build him something. Nope enjoy it was all he said.
I do cut some of my own veneer but none of it is as nice as the stuff he gave me.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 04-28-2015 12:24 AM

Wow! That is a FRIEND! If you ever think that you might be starting to hate sanding, let me know. :D

-- Art

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