Bubinga Tray

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Project by splintergroup posted 12-03-2021 04:38 PM 724 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Often (lately) I’ll be working on a project which gets stalled waiting for ordered parts or a finish/glue to dry.

This was one of those times.

I had some bubinga veneer applied to a 12”x12” piece of 1/4” plywood sitting on the bench (layered in sawdust of course) and was thinking of what I could make with that.

A tray of course!

Something quick ‘n’ easy so I figured I’d try some compound mitered sides.

The sides are jatoba, milled down flooring about 5/8” thick and 2-1/2” wide.
Poly used for the bubinga for protection and oil/wax for the sides. Corners are maple splined which was more important for aiding in clamping than added strength.

The angles
Easy enough, try for 60 degree slant, set the blade and miter angles, chop and go right?

Not so fast 8^)

A quick check with an online calculator informed me the blade angle was to be 37.76 degrees and the miter was to be 26.57 deg.

Side note:

Plenty of angle calculators available, but many/most provide too much info and can get confusing when you are just after a “quick” answer.

This calculator was perfect for my needs, just the info I required, nothing extra.

I have several good angle gauges to set the blade and a vernier miter which allowed for easy setting of the angles.
Problem is that if any one is off by even a few 10ths, the fit up will have gaps.

Well, I had some annoying-to-me gaps, small but annoying. With two interacting angle setups, changing one will affect the other.
Anyway, with a few “bumps” in the settings I was able to get closure (literally 8^)

A PITA, but it works!

I made a second tray with some modifications in this process that made things much easier. I’ll show the details when I post that project soon.

As always, thanks for dropping by!

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#1 posted 12-03-2021 04:49 PM

good looking tray – thanks for sharing the link

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 12-03-2021 05:01 PM

beautiful tray and some nice work on the joinery.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 12-03-2021 05:23 PM

Nice looking tray. I love the grain the bottom and the compound miters

-- Dan, TN

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#4 posted 12-03-2021 05:31 PM

very well done… the wood combinations!

-- Mike

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#5 posted 12-03-2021 06:44 PM

Good looking tray, Splint! And if it helped you figure out a better way, well worth the effort.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-03-2021 07:55 PM

Very nice tray with excellent work.

-- Ron

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#7 posted 12-03-2021 08:32 PM

Thanks guys!

I’ve got a rather large stash of these burl veneers and try to use them wherever I can. Anything flat can be dressed up and when used as panels they can really set something apart. Best thing is they are so easy to make and they are inexpensive. Equipment requirements are minimal.

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#8 posted 12-03-2021 08:51 PM

Got to love bubinga, and that burl is killer! Well done.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 12-03-2021 09:25 PM

Thanks Steven!, I’ve seen enough bubinga to appreciate not having to resaw and prep dimensional stock. It would be like the time I thought ipe was the great substitute for walnut I was looking for 8^)

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#10 posted 12-03-2021 09:49 PM


-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#11 posted 12-03-2021 09:52 PM


- JimYoung


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#12 posted 12-03-2021 10:06 PM

Amazing what a little veneer and some angled cuts can do to a simple thing like a serving tray. Well, that and your talent for coming up with amazing designs and wood choices. The splines and the short offset bevel on the top edge really caught my eye.

I’m supposed to make a charcuterie board for Christmas. I think I’ll go back and look thru your projects for inspiration.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#13 posted 12-03-2021 10:09 PM


That is one fine tray!! DT3 for sure.

The compound miters I am sure were tough. But they look great.

+3 on the Bazinga. Got some Charcuterie Boards with QS Bazinga in them will post soon. It may be my next favorite wood.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#14 posted 12-03-2021 10:10 PM

Thank you Earl!

My wife and various readings taught me to eliminate sharp edges. She just points and says “oooo pokey!” and I whip out the beveling tools…

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#15 posted 12-03-2021 11:09 PM

For you Dave 8^)

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