Flintstones Tray

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Project by KnickKnack posted 02-06-2012 01:41 PM 2308 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It popped into my head that you could make a tray by interlocking a bunch of strips of plywood, and, with suitable contouring on the edges, make it interesting.
This is the result.
The last picture shows the thing constructed (without bottom yet), before the sanding started. I found it quite hard for my head to deal with the “uneven” nature of how it was coming out – normally I like nice, clean, even, edges, but it quickly became obvious that that was never going to happen. So I settled for trying to make it look “even-ish”.
I thought it looked like the kind of tray Wilma might use to serve Fred his nighttime bevvy, hence the name.

The basic structure is interlocking 3mm plywood. The home-grown Jataboa dowels are basically cosmetic, although the holes at the corners are through-and-through – I used them to bolt the initial frame together. Once the frame itself was done to a decent level, I added the handles, interlocking again, and sanded those down. Once the insides were OK, I added a 6mm plywood base and dealt with sanding the outside.

The wife’s comment – “I like this one a lot” – the code is getting more difficult to interpret.

It’s 45cm x 30cm x just high enough.
3mm and 6mm plywood, with Jatoba dowels.
Oil followed by varnish finish.

Comments of a thumbs-up or thumbs-down nature will be equally well received.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-06-2012 01:51 PM

i like it. Clever structure. don’t spend too much time trying to figure out the code. ;-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-06-2012 02:30 PM

I think it looks good, many men have gone insane trying to figure out the code, just nod and say yes dear.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 03:03 PM

That’s pretty cool looking. I don’t know what it is about it. It looks modern, worn and old all at he same time. Well done.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 04:41 PM

51, uma boa ideia!

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#5 posted 02-06-2012 05:32 PM

Unique tray good work.


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John Ormsby

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 01:49 AM

51 + limao + acucar + gelo = Caipirinhas !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice tray !!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 04:23 AM

Cachaca 51, ill be with you in a few, nice tray too btw

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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