Communion cup collection tables and trays

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 11-20-2018 02:25 PM 3690 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was done a year ago about this time of year. I was asked by my fellow Elders if I could come up with a way to collect the used glass single serve communion cups, so we wouldn’t have to have the need to have another person go behind the pastor to collect them during communion.

So I designed these very thin tables, 11”x46” tops, with 32” height. Before deciding on the width and length of the table, I built the 4 collection trays. They have 7/8” diameter holes 9/16” deep. Cups are tapered from 3/4” bottom, which is why I went with the 7/8 hole and ran a 1/8” round-over bit around each of the 200 holes. I made a pattern on my laptop printed a couple pages and taped them together and created the router template at the drill press with a forstner bit. Then double side taped it to each of the four tray tops. Actually only had 35 holes in the template, so had to do those 35, then pull up the tape and re-position to finish each tray’s 50 holes. Each tray has an indent on the ends that accepts the bloodwood splines ( appropriate for the project I thought) from the tray below to make them stack-able and prevent sliding off. The are white oak. After completing, I ordered some red felt discs that I glued in the bottoms to remove echo and sound when placing the cups in the holes.

The tables are all mortise and tenon, red oak. I did add some adjustable slides on the feet to they didn’t get caught if someone were to slide them on the carpet.

Everything is finished with BLO/POLY/MINSPIRITS, and they were finished just in time for Christimas 2017
Thank you for looking.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 11-20-2018 03:54 PM

Beautiful work! I find projects for my church some of the most rewarding that I do. We use a common chalice at our Episcopal church, but this project is a wonderful way to elevate communion at your church.

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#2 posted 11-20-2018 10:06 PM

very well done. they look great!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#3 posted 02-13-2020 09:03 PM

I work at a church and we are looking for someone to create wooden trays that would fit a paper cup (1 inch diameter on the bottom // 1.5 inches diameter at the top). Would you at all be interested? How much would you charge per tray? We have between 20-40 trays that need to be made.

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