STEAM BENT TRAYS (late presents )

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Project by kiefer posted 12-29-2012 01:24 AM 3721 views 27 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three trays for Christmas presents ,a little late but done .
Here are a few pics of the build and some explanations too.

The tray shell halves are steam bent and then joined .
The base is made by making a simple pattern jig like this .

The drill holes are marked with the drill bit ,I lightly sanded the pattern holes to make the bit easy to insert and put a plastic cap on the end of the bit for comfort on the hand when pushing the bit .

All the parts are cut with the band saw and then sanded to the line ,the holes are finished with a step drill instead of a counter sink ,I like this detail and a set of three step dills cosy me four bucks .

The top of the base is matched to the profile of the shell by simply attaching sand paper
to the shell and rubbing the base in short strokes until a good fit is achieved .
All the walnut is recycled flooring glued with water proof glue and salad bowl finish as the trays will be used for food .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 01:29 AM

very nice!! I could put those to good use!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 01:31 AM

Cool design and build,thank for the great photo work up.


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#3 posted 12-29-2012 01:34 AM

These are very nice and the process you posted was easy to follow. You did a great job on these and I wish my late presents—that I either give or receive—looked this good!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 01:39 AM

Great design with nice oriental flare. Great photos too. Another hit!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 01:42 AM

Now your just showin off LOL! You da man!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 01:42 AM

Very nice kiefer! Well worth the wait I should say. I like your tutorial also! Looks like your method of bending wood is working well for you. Did you get a microwave for your shop! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 01:47 AM

To nice to give away but I’m sure the person will enjoy there usage

-- Grandpaj

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 02:11 AM

Be careful. You may turn into a boat builder yet.
These are really well done, I like them a lot.
Now… Do a search for “constant camber” boat building technique. ;-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 02:24 AM


-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 12-29-2012 03:13 AM

These are quite lovely. I love the fluid lines.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#11 posted 12-29-2012 03:51 AM

Very nice!!

-- WrenchsWoodworks

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#12 posted 12-29-2012 10:52 AM

Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 12-29-2012 11:08 AM

Altogether cleverly done and more importantly, beautiful and useful. Inspiring work Kiefer.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 12-29-2012 03:52 PM

Beautiful, elegant, great lines and details. These are going into my favorites file. The simplicity and the Asian flavor are hallmarks of this design.

-- jbschutz

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#15 posted 12-29-2012 06:34 PM

Very beautiful and very practical. Nice work.

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