Stackable trays with kudos to john Heisz

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Project by Doug posted 09-24-2013 01:25 PM 9255 views 49 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To start off, I was totally impressed with John Heisz’s video on You Tube, I implore you to follow him. This was a great system of stacking trays to fill with what ever you might need and carry them to wherever you need them. John used 1/2” plywood. I used recycled oak from an old telephone central office frame, which was being trashed in Flushing, Queens. Having this wood since 1996, I though this might be a perfect occasion to use some. Using John’s idea, but not his measurements, and construction method, I did a little over kill with the hand cut dovetails. I. Also added suitcase draw clasps to attach the trays so I would be able to connect one to the other. Thank you John, you gave me an idea some something I think every shop needs…less plastic carriers and more wood to show your skills.
The finish is my mixture of 1/3 linseed oil, 1/3 mineral spirits, 1/3 polyurethane.. Rub it on,and rub it in.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 04:40 PM

I like it…. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 04:49 PM

Videos located here and here.

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 05:51 PM

I’m totally diggin’ those!! Not only handsome looking but incredibly useful. The only thing they need is a lid over the top box to keep the shit inside from falling out if disturbed. Nicely done!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 06:00 PM

These look really nice. Thanks for sharing them.

Sir Fatty, thanks for the video links.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 06:58 PM

Additionally, I would add locator pins/blocks in the corners of the lower trays to keep everything nice and aligned.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 07:06 PM


How does the handle interlock with each tray? You don’t show the bottom of trays.

-- Barry, Louisiana

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 10:48 PM

The way these tray are stackable is that the tray actual is two tray with a space in the middle where the handle of the other slides into that cavity. I think a cover is a great idea..thanks wooden warrior

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 11:40 PM

I had watched John’s vid amd must see you took it up a notch. Nice job.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 11:50 PM

Great idea…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 12:41 AM

I looked at these and really like them. Concept is so simple yet highly useful. I would really like to make a set of these trays. Your build is really nice and thanks for sharing. I watched Johns video and it really cleared up a lot of questions on how to build them. I agree with woodenwarrior that a lid is needed, but, only on the top tray. The others are covered until needed.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 02:38 AM

Good call. They do make those plastic buggers look shameful.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 10:10 AM

I have a week to myself with my wife visiting home in Maine and I know where there are some pallets in great condition…..You planted the seed.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 01:24 PM

well done, the clasps were exactly what I thought the original was missing.

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 02:02 PM

Nice work and as you said something that shows off your woodworking skills. This is a great space saver, organization makes for more time spent on the project and less looking for things.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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