Published at Wednesday, September 19th 2018. by Gabrielle Rivers in Ottoman Table.
Measuring the width of the tub for a bathtub tray. Squaring up walnut on the joiner., This will become the back panel of the tray. Cutting to length. Squaring up another piece that will become the front face of the tray. Planing.
The two panels down to final thickness.. Lowering blade to make dados into the panels., Creating dados in the panels to receive slats. Slab of holly, with natural edges. Straight edge to rip a straight reference. Side.
Circular saw to make the cut. Ripping a strip as a test. Cut. Cuts like hard maple. Splitting the strip down the middle to use as slats.
Planing down to thickness. Cutting strips to final width.. These will become the slats in the center of the tray. Squaring up another piece of walnut for the sides of the tray. Cross, cutting to correct width..
Some scrap cardboard., Roughly tracing out the contour of the tub., Transferring the curves to the front and back panels. Cutting out the waste. Placing side piece into position above the dado., Transferring the offset curve to the side, pieces. A very tall resew on the handsaw. Here we go Phew, Not too bad, Adding some cutouts to the front and back panels..
These will form a support piece on the back and a recess on the front. Cutting out the waste. Chauffeuring, all the edges. Gluing on two of the slats to seat the sides. Correctly.Ready for assembly Gluing in the side pieces first. The slats previously glued on register the side pieces, correctly. Gluing in the slats. I use a spacer that evenly spaces the slats in the remaining recess. Gluing on the front panel.
Evening out the curves., Finding the proper places for a hole that takes into account the tub side, which the tray will be resting on, Hogging out a hole With a Forster bit. Cutting a channel to the hole. Rounding out the hole., This will allow a wine glass to sit without wobbling.
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