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Project by mot posted 02-18-2019 07:53 PM 954 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend asked for a project for their new office. My son and I took to some graph paper and came up with this design. It is made of figures maple and walnut with oak ply for the tray base. It’s all made from scraps around the shop which is why the oak ply. It’s finished with a wipe on poly.

It was a fun project to make with my son so he could use and see practical examples of:

Making your own plan and doing so both sketching and to scale to transfer angles
Bandsaw for resawing
Planer for dimensioning
Drum sander for getting rid of tooling marks on the hard woods
Table saw for dimensioning
Miter saw for cutting the angles
Router table for joinery
Spindle sander to clean up joinery
Creative clamping
Finishing certain parts before glueup as they would have been difficult to do so after glueup
Hand sanding to soften edges
Wiping on poly
Not being in a rush to finish it

I hope you enjoy this a fraction as much as we enjoyed making this simple project.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 12:20 AM

Looks nice. I like the angles. Also does my heart good to see an old, old Lumberjock that I know.
Still wry, too.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 02:23 AM

I like the look of this quite a bit. Very nice.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 02:45 AM

Interesting to consider how many tools are used. Neat project!

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 01:49 PM

Nice work. Even better to spend shop time with your son.

Not being in a rush to finish it

- mot

Hope he got that one, I’m still working on it. :-)

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 02:00 PM

Very nice. Hope all is well in the great white north.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 02-19-2019 04:33 PM

Haven’t been on LJs for awhile but I got notice of your new post so I jumped on to take a look. Very nice, I’m going to steal your design.

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#7 posted 02-20-2019 01:38 AM

Hi Guys!

Nice to see the old guard still mulling about!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 02-20-2019 05:26 AM

So nice…definately more beautiful than those ugly plastic. Nice ’’touch’’ with fingerjoints.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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