Essential Oil Trays

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Project by DocsDesigns posted 11-23-2019 04:21 AM 642 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two custom designed essential oil trays that I recently created—as my wife heavily uses them (as many do). She needed places to put these in various locations around our home. I couldn’t come to terms with the cheap, Chinese-made metal caddies she would by off of Ebay/Amazon. I also didn’t care for the typical stair-step wood displays which are all too common. So, as usual, I sat and wanted to design something unique.

So after, fiddling with weird shapes, I decided on a “centerpiece” type caddy that was a circular shape. It would arrange the oil bottles similar to a clock. However, I did have an interesting puzzle to solve in the design—her oil bottles come in 2 sizes. How can I ensure the caddy would accommodate them all, and allow them to fit snugly? I decided to double-recess each slot—allowing the smaller bottles to fit concentrically within the larger slot. Therefore you can mix/match bottle sizes on each one.

I created both 12-bottle and 24-bottle variants, shown above in both walnut and mahogany. A little mineral oil & beeswax and these look like a million bucks (well…almost). I’m looking to create some trays that are mix-match species or utilize different arrangements…potentially even incorporate a spot for a diffuser. Who knows?

Check out all my woodworking adventures on Facebook/Instagram at @docsdesignsfurniture

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#1 posted 11-23-2019 05:58 AM

Nice work Doc

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-23-2019 10:32 AM

Cool idea…I might to steel this idea….I know some people who make those oils.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-23-2019 08:10 PM

They look veery nice. Did you use a cnc router for them??

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#4 posted 12-03-2019 12:12 PM

Very neat idea. Looks great.

-- Wood, it's what runs through my veins.

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