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Joe Lyddon

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11-02-2013 12:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ice tray rack ice cube trays quick and dirty nothing fancy ice tray rack

Our Old Frig broke… Had to get a New Frig… It didn’t come with an Ice Tray Rack…
... I Needed an Ice Tray Rack…


I had just Cataract surgery on my Left eye 3 days earlier BUT I FELT Great!
So, I put on some Safety Glasses and went at it…


This is a Quick & Dirty Ice Tray Rack… Nothing special, etc.
... Just Functional to solve a problem.


It’s all made from Plywood scraps.

1/2” Side pieces 6 2-1/4" x 13" (lower 3 sections)
1/2" Side pieces 2
2” x 13” (top section)
1/4” Shelf pieces 4 @ 7” x 13” (bottom of each section)


Made 4 “U”’s… Sides 1/2” plywood …
Glued and nailed bottom 1/4” plywood to 1/2” sides (3 2-1/4" and 1 2”)
Painted all Inside surfaces with some White Primer being careful NOT to paint 1/2” areas under each side.


Glued the Stack together 2-1/4” sections on bottom, 2” section on Top.

Sanded as required…

Painted what needed to be painted with White Primer and let dry real good.


I checked to be sure I could reach with brush all inside surfaces for final Marine Spar Varnish coat… and I could.

Painted the Bottom and left it upside down for next steps…
Painted ALL Inside surfaces… slopped a good coat of the stuff on…
Painted ALL Outside surfaces… let dry for 3+ days.


Put it into freezer of new frig.

So far so good… I was thinking of drilling some holes into the sides to get better air circulation…
... but the water seems to freeze FINE the way it is…

Sure is nice to have a place to put the Ice Trays!

Here are some pictures of Finished project… Sorry, didn’t take any “in process” pictures.

Again, this is nothing Fancy… just a Quick & Dirty solution to a problem!


Today, Friday, one week and 1 day from Left Eye Cataract surgery I got a fantastic report from Dr.!
He said “I hit the ball out of the park”... Vision Perfect… Healing super well… Near vision excellent too!
I also told him that I had driven at night expecting some problems… BUT I had NO trouble at all! Everything looked just fine… and clear… no Glaring problems at all! I was surprised!

I am very HAPPY… I have 3 more weeks of eye drops before I can say “DONE”.
Next Dr. appointment in 3 weeks for final Report!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#1 posted 11-02-2013 01:03 AM

form follows function
and function follows you around
fixing and upgrading

nice joe
hows the eye

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 11-02-2013 01:09 AM

OK Joe. I could suggest you get an ice maker in your next fridge. But I understand. I am embroiled in the dust control for my old Delta Contractors Saw. And yes, it would be much more efficient for me to buy a new saw.

I am here in La Conner, Washington at my vacation home. It has a better TS than the one back in Anchorage. But, it is still not as functional as the old Delta, because I have upgraded it quite a bit.

And the old Delta, 23 years old, is an old friend. So I will clean up its act, and keep using it.

So… take what you have and improve it. Yup, I understand that.

Those ice tray racks will, of course, outlive you. I have butt joint nail and glue 1/4” plywood boxes I made 40 years ago to grow seedlings. They have a new purpose in the shop, and are a strong as when I built them. Not pretty, but functional.

Ice tray racks do not have to be pretty, just functional.

Hope all is well with you and yours…... on vacation here for 10 days, and a lot to do in the shop here in La Conner…....

.........and that makes me know it will be relaxing and fun vacation….....

Have a good one Joe….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-02-2013 01:11 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice way to solve the problem, Joe!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 11-02-2013 01:14 AM

Hi Patron…..........long time no talk….....

Hope all is well in your neck of the….....desert…...(-:

Looking forward to shop time here at the vacation house, a couple of power tools never opened sit in the shop… tomorrow. Arrived today, and recovering from a heavy week and last weekend on call.

Will be hanging around for the next week….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 11-02-2013 01:36 AM

Glad you put on the safety glasses Joe. Gotta take care of those peepers! Nice tray rack too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 03:10 AM

Cool project Joe!

If you had access to a Tap Plastic store you could have done it out of Plexiglas .... at a higher cost! I go there an buy cut offs and then figure out a project I can build from what I bought!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 11-02-2013 04:51 AM

I know you didn’t stay home from work cause you weren’t 100%. Why change now? Great little job there and a good way to keep busy. 2 days after my cataract surgery I headed for the shop and the wife said to put on the safety glasses before I even entered it.LOL. Take care of those eyes.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 11-02-2013 06:13 AM

Jim Bertelson- We have had models that Make Ice before… eventually, it seems, they are more trouble than they are worth and are making NOISE all the time… We wanted a simple Basic – No fancy electronics, etc. – & hope it will last 15 yrs… Old one lasted 35 yrs!

My band saw has pretty good dust control on it.

oldnovice - I coulda used larger pieces of 1/2” ply, dado’d, etc. too… Those would not have been as much Scrap! :)
I wanted something ASAP to solve the problem… This was a real SCRAP project.

patron, Jim Jakosh, CFrye, doubleDD, Yep, when you gotta do it, you do it… Safety Glasses for SURE right now! Being retired and self employed, I didn’t have to go to work… I just wanted to DO SOMETHING SIMPLE and get something done.

Thank you all for your kind words.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 11-02-2013 07:16 AM

For goodness sake Joe, how many bottles of whiskey do you get through in a week? Great news about your eyes, that doesn’t mean any less concentration whilst using your power tools and don’t forget to ask family/friends for at least one GRR-Ripper for Christmas!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#10 posted 11-02-2013 12:12 PM

Like someone else said: take care o them peepers. Nice build. How bout something on the rocks? lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 11-04-2013 01:39 AM

Hey Guys…

I know you’re just having FUN… which is GREAT… I believe in having FUN…
Y’all are welcome to share anything we drink with our ice cubes… If you’re here when we use’m, we’ll share’m

The point of the Ice Tray Rack is to have a place for the ice trays going Up instead of spread out on the Main freezer shelf which wants to hold food. As the food quantity goes up, there will NOT be room for any ice trays without the rack.

Just because there is an Ice Tray Rack holding four trays of cubes, it doesn’t relate to the frequency of Usage of the ice cubes…

It has it’s Ups and Downs…

During the hotter summer months, we go through a lot of ice cubes for Ice water, Ice tea, etc.

There are times when we will mix some Martinis on the Rocks with lots of Olives… BUT, NOT very often…
That is the only Hard Stuff that we use and have on hand… Vodka & Vermouth… that is it.

Other than that, it’s wine and beer which we don’t use ice with. LOL

I’d be happy to share whatever we’re drinking with anyone else that happens to drop by at the time… LOL

Thank you for your comments… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 04:49 PM

Hi Joe Lyddon, You had cataract surgery in just the left eye? I had surgery in both eyes in 1993 and I still see perfectly without glasses. I was legally blind in one eye. Cataract surgery is like a miracle to me. Glad all went well for you.

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 07:11 PM

Hi MrRon,


I just finished getting me Left eye done…
Right eye was done about 1 month 2 weeks ago…

Here is the Link to my Cataract eye surgery experience:

I Can See... Thank God

So Far, SO GOOD!
I can read the computer screen to Infinity WITHOUT glasses…
NO Glare problems! ...

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 11-05-2013 07:21 PM

Nice job, Joe. You did know, however, that those ice trays are made to stack anyhow? We’ve got five in our freeze, and that’s how we do it. They don’t stick together when frozen.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 11-05-2013 07:26 PM


You are SO RIGHT!! LOL

I forgot all about that! LOL!!

Oh well, I just HAD to do something… was getting strange yearnings…
... HEY! Mine will handle ANY KIND of ice trays! LOL

... and I paid extra for those super nice ice trays too!

Thank you for the reminder & comments! LOL

You Made my day! LOL Funny!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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