One More Tool Tray

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Project by ChesapeakeBob posted 12-27-2015 07:33 PM 1433 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make one more tool tray, this one for my son. I went to the same basic design that I had used on 3 previous trays. This one was a little different though. The overall dimensions remain the same. However, on this version, I made my first through-dovetails, and my first wooden threads. The dovetails were cut with a Peachtree Jig and the threads were made with a Beall Wood Threader. I had never used either of these jigs before even though they had been sitting on the shelf for years. The sides are southern yellow pine, planed to 5/8” thickness to reduce weight. The handle is maple. The nuts were cut from some oak flooring. The wood plugs, seen on the ends for contrast are teak, which I cut on the drill press. The bottom is a piece of teak & holly 3/8 plywood that I repurposed for this project. As this is “job box” it may very well be left unfinished.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 01:16 AM

I like your tray, especially the dovetails and the wooden threads. Never made wooden threads.
Very nice work, thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 01:31 AM

Thank you Hagukh. The secret to the Beall Wood Threader, (which I learned) was to purchase a router with a very accurate depth adjustment! I opted for a reconditioned PC model that is interchangeable with the router unit in my router table. I was determined to try new things on this simple project. The dovetails, the wood threads, and the use of the router table all helped me with check these features on my list.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 03:26 AM

Chesapeake Bob…nice work. I know what you mean about having the jig on hand long before getting to use it. I bought the Peachtree dovetail jig at a wood working show some time ago. I promised myself I would use it soon.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 01:13 PM

Pops… The Peachtree jig works great. Take your time and follow the manual. Make a few mistakes in scrap material and build from there!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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