My OP Jarrah pine Tray

OK I guess having a stash of timber is a bit like having a pocket full of loot, it burns a hole in your pocket!

So my In Glass timber was the focus of my attention over the last few days.
I decided to make a tray for a friends Birthday.

The basic concept

After much deliberating over the jointing method and eventually decided on box joint fingers

Set up the blade and made a jig to suit.

Made a prototype to ensure I could produce something looking good before using the real material.

My "Knuckle Duster signature"  handles were attached, via a  22 mm forstner bit and 6 mm round over.

and the base slot fitted.

Even tryong some round over profiles I thought it all looked a bit too Fred Flintstonish or chunky so I foolishly decide to taper the frame (on both sides)

Silly move as it produced a more "dainty" look but shock horror I didnt prototype it first and ended up with this.

OMG! What to do?.. As I had dismantled the jig and box finger blade I really  didn't want to set it all back up again and replicate two new rails, knowing full well it may possibly never fit as well as the original build.
So after giving myself a few uppercuts I decided to press on and fill the gaps with tapered pieces hoping it would look OK finished.

Fingers crossed but it looks ugly!

Oh well more fire wood coming up!

Next day I sanded it and was reasonably happy with the "cover up".

Chuffed as and thinking I managed to pull myself out of it I continued on.

A coat of Feast Watson Jarah Stain ( a good Aust hardwood look for pine)
Next goof coming Up!

I decided to rattle can spray it with clear acrylic gloss not realising the FW stain was oil based

it turned into a complete disaster.

Orange Peel everywhere and that's after 800G and steel wool and a 3rd coat.
Enough time wasted its staying like that.
Lesson learned! many years have I been doing this? oh well at least the timber was free
Now you know why its called  my OP Tray!

Note:- I had a auto spray painter expert drop and examine the tray.
He informs me its not orange peel but in fact fish eye defect hence the reason I cannot get rid of it

What causes fish eye paint defect?
Fish eyes can be caused by oily spots or silicone particles and/or by airborne droplets that are deposited on the painted surface. When a coating is applied to a substrate that is contaminated with low surface energy particles such as oil, wax, grease or silicone, fish eyes may develop in the coating as it is applied. By sanding off the surface your exposing the contaminants yet again, and the defect will get worse!

 The Frame
Sides 2x 540 x 60 x 22 mm
Sides 2 x 340 x 60 x 22 and 2 x 290 x 60 x 22 mm
The 2 x 290 x 60 x 22 mm were cut at 45 deg and narrowed to a width 45mm.They were then Biscuit joined edge to edge to the tray end frames and Knuckle Duster style finger holes for handles.
These were made  using a 22mm forstner bit and the existing template guide.
There were also 9 small filers use to correct the taper gaps
The Base:-
The Base was a single piece of 3 mm ply 490 x 300 mm.
The frame was joined using finger joints and a recess for the base added to the bottom with a slot cutter in a router.
The finger joints were cut with a custom Jig and using the Freud box cutter Blade set.
All four sections of the frame were then  taper cut to reduce the bulk look mass.
The long sides were 5 deg and the higher end side 8 Deg to match the existing profiles
Note:- This was a bad idea as the finger joints now required filling with small pieces to hide the gaps.
Tapering for effect should only be done on the external sides of the tray not the insides!

Moral:- Use the prototype Luke!

Regards Rob


Rob, that does look very nice, the handle for the finger is really neat. Hey, mistakes do happen, how well we hide them determines how good we are. Well done, and I'm sure the receiver will like it.

Main Street to the Mountains

rob the fix on the finger joints came out real nice. the finish, well ya cant win em all buddy !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

In 2014 I made 3 x replica Titanic trays based on the design from reported facts.

I thought it was timely to show them, however I have no intention of returning to confirm the actual dimensions 

Regards Rob

I like your ‘fix’ on the joints, came out just fine! The finish…well, that’s a bummer…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

 I decided to make a tray for a friends Birthday. 

A bit late for my birthday (back in April... though the actual sinking was another tragedy on that day after), but will still be appreciated.  Good save on the join... I don't think I'll even notice it after my first use.

You shouldn't worry about the orange peel effect... you can always say it's idiosyncratic for imported Western Aussie Jarrah...  not only that it'll stop things sliding around on it when I trip.
Actually they should rename orange peel effect to a lemon!

PS.  Couldn't you find a clean white sheet for the traditional photo shoot... or was it just an opportunity to case out that red number in the background to bolster your pocket burning shekels?

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Nicely done Rob. 
Great story!

Life’s Good, Enjoy Each New Day’s Blessings

 He informs me its not orange peel but in fact fish eye defect 
Fish eye?

be buggad, I think he's toying with your,

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

For some reason, I thought the Duck would chime in on the gifting of the project. LOL

Main Street to the Mountains

Nice design, Rob. Those things do sneak up on us sometimes,

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Wow, excellent stealth weapon in a bar fight!

Love the fix, I would have stopped there and went inside, you saved!

Good looking tray collection too! 
all in all id still say you did a pretty good job on those.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice tray,  good job on all of those.   Joints look good.


That looks like a beautiful tray. Thanks for the write up and including all the challenges.
Nice save, we learn by doing, thanks for sharing

TimV, "The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints, they are evident in every detail, leave Fingerprints." James Krenov

Some feedback:-
Eric - The loft. Thanks, and it looks like LBD did do a PU on the gift.
Pottz. Thanks buddy ... knuck knuck knuck!
Ryan Gi.  I knew better so I think a few finish blogs 101 is in order for information including myself
LBD. Birthday bloody  birthdays I try to ignore them these days  ...sorry I missed it ...pip pi pip or is it quack quack quack? I could sent yo a piece of belated pork fat ! ...
I will keep an eye out next time

otherwise eye eye capt!
Crowie. Ta, have you got your woolliese on? its chilly here!
Jim Jakosh.  Yep that what happens wen you don't prototype brainstorms and also forget basic finishing rules. I would have got away with just the outside tapered but there you go.
Splinter group.  ha ha no prizes for guessing where the template for the handles came from!
987Ron. Thanks Ron
Steve Rasmussen. Thanks Steve
Tim 0001. Thanks Tim. ( it looks like it is going to take you a while to get to Tim 007!)

Regards Rob

Opps missed an important reply
The red car
Yes I was impressed too, and thought of cropping it out but left it for the car lovers to admire.
Def a chick puller that's for sure!

Regards Rob

i miss the knuck knuck knuck my friend. we had some good times, didn't we ? we still can, the duck and i are always ready ! although this place probably wont support our twisted brand of humor !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

I came looking for some Jarrah. You hoodwinked me with some pine. Nice build
Nice work Rob....Regards......Cliff.