Jarrah In Tray

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Project by robscastle posted 03-06-2014 06:46 AM 1493 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project came about after repairing some potato crates at our local Smith Crisps Factory in Tingalpa Brisbane QLD Australia.

I was successful in my quote for the repair of their potato crates and as a result I had heaps of broken hardwood planks great for a campfire.
I am not sure what the other pieces actually were, however they may be possibly Yellow Stringy Bark however there were some useable lengths of Jarrah.

It was the Jarrah in particular that caught my attention for possible reuse.

Now if you are not familiar with the species its a Native hardwood grown
here in QLD and I am guessing through out Australia.

It was used for fencing to my knowledge,and of course in the manufacture of Hardwood pallets.

Its its a very robust hardwood and if you got a serious splinter surgery would almost be needed to remove it!

I rummaged through the off cuts and found a series of closely matching pieces.

Made a very precise inspection for nails and other FOs
Jointed each piece and then ran then through the table saw.
It was slow and steady as the table saw doesn’t usually complain much but it did this time!
I thicknessed it down to 13mm and cut some dovetails in the end and one of each of the sides.
I found the dove tail jig did a excellent job with very little rough edges.

I made a jig to cut the sloping tray grooves for the base insert in the sides with my router.

The base insert was constructed from a couple of pieces of off cuts, of which I butt glued together for the tray base, leaving one side natural, just in case nobody believed me it was from the pile

I sanded it and didn’t do too much else apart from a finish coat of tung oil.

I gave it to the lady in charge of the potato prpcessing section and she was most impressed with the final result.

Overall it was a project that by chance provided the ideal opportunity to make a recycle project from some very hard material.


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 08:55 AM

nice work.

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 07:26 PM

A useful bit of work…... umm Smith’s Crisps.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 08:21 AM

Good work Rob. I like the color of the Jarrah. It’s always good to turn waste into something useful. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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