Cigar Ash Tray

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Project by Mike Vettori posted 04-18-2019 12:48 AM 815 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany and maple cigar ash trays. Everything was done on a tablesaw, including the circular shape of the ash tray, as well as the bowl cut. Used a cross cut sled to cut the edges, then made a jig to rotate the piece over the saw blade to get the concave shape on the inside. It was the first time trying this technique and wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how well it worked.

I used my drill press to spin the ash tray while I held sandpaper against it to get a smooth and even surface.

...and if you don’t drill holes for the cigars, they make nice candy dishes!

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#1 posted 04-18-2019 06:33 AM

Yep, following the curve of the saws blade, similar to making cove cuts, just going full circle. Funny thing is I can do a cove, just keep pushing, but at a different angle. I can’t bring myself to do the circle cuts though. I think it’s too much time with my fingers dancing over a saw blade in motion. Funny how a persons mind works sometimes.

End result looks very nice though. Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 04-18-2019 11:18 AM

I was worried about having my hands near the blade too, so I screwed an 18” piece of wood across the tray and used that as a handle to turn it, keeping my fingers away from the cutting area as I turned it.

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#3 posted 04-18-2019 03:33 PM

That came out really nice.


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#4 posted 04-18-2019 05:38 PM

These are really cool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 04-18-2019 07:55 PM

I am wondering,
Can you use variable a handheld drill to spin the blank inside the circle jig on the table saw instead of risking an accident?


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