Band saw tray

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Project by LesB posted 02-01-2018 09:54 PM 2361 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an interesting idea taken from the TV program The Woodsmith Shop. The plans and instructions can be downloaded from their web site. My wife saw it and though she wanted one so I made this one from a block of Sycamore wood I had. Mine is slightly larger than the original design and is 18” x 7 1/2” x 2”. The internal tray part is 5 1/2” x 12”. The finish is two coats of walnut oil and about 6 coats of salad bowl finish.
Essentially it is made by first using a band saw to cut off about 1/4” to create the bottom, then roughing out the space for the tray with a jig saw and with a template guide cleaning the inside of the tray with a router. Then slice off the top layer to form the curved top and then making a second slice (about 3/8”) to form the top apron. Then trim the remaining part of the tray to size, glue everything back together, sand, and apply the finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 02-01-2018 10:39 PM

Well done.

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 12:07 AM

Looks great, well done.

-- andrek

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 04:23 AM

I like that QS Sycamore a lot better than the Oak they used. I had seen that a while back, and had mentally passed on it. Seeing yours it’s on the “to do” list. A fella could do a lot worse than making 12 or so of those for the Ladies come Christmas time.

Nice work, and thanks for making me re-think this project.

Actually looking at it, you could make that from glued up 4/4 stock if you didn’t have a thick chunk hanging around. Essentially you just see face grain on the top piece. You could “invent a tree” and make face grain cuts going around the lower section, and do a wrap of a grain pattern around the base instead of seeing any end grain. Then bring a face grain in again for the bottom.

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 11:07 AM

The grain is beautiful and I love the simple look to it! I’ll have to look for the design and give her a shot! Thanks!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 02:55 PM

Very elegant design, great building process, will have to keep that in mind.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 02-02-2018 03:38 PM

Les, this is a wonderful tray and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 02-02-2018 05:24 PM

Great idea, I really like the grain of sycamore also. I just happen to have some slabs that I cut our with the grain pattern that you showed. I may have to use some of it to make a tray also. Thanks for sharing.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#8 posted 02-03-2018 01:05 AM

I saw that episode and this is on my list too. Great choice in wood selection and finish.

-- AJ

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#9 posted 02-03-2018 01:13 AM

Looks awesome!

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#10 posted 02-03-2018 09:27 AM

Very unique shape, nice work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 07:59 PM

Nicely done, Les! Beautiful finish, too!

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