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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:57 pm 
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Hey Folks,

Here's the latest iteration of oval trays.
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This time I used white oak for the bands, and ebonized them with iron water. The bases are still baltic birch ply, but I laminated some cherry veneers onto them.

These take quite a bit more time to make than the ones with cherry bands and birch ply bases. Not the least because the iron water raises the grain on the oak, and sanding it smooth again removes some of the ebonizing.
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I expect the cherry on both versions to darken with age and exposure, but I think that I like the cherry bands the best. What do you think?

And yes, before some eagle eye spots it, I did manage to make the largest and smallest ones backwards by not paying attention to what I was doing. :mad:

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Tom - those are great looking trays. I've made that same mistake on Shaker Boxes, but, you know, no one seems to notice except die-hard woodworkers.
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Your second edition of the shaker boxes has really got me wanting to make them, twice in One Month now.


I like them both

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Nice job Tom, they both look great.

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Nice! Very nice Tom!

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Very nice! :shock: I like both sets for different reasons. How's that for a non-definitive answer. :-D

Curious minds would like to know, does it make a difference which way the band wraps around the tray or the box? Why?

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Hey Tom,

You really got the knack for these cool trays.

Nicely put together.


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Loving the Cherry. I've never been a fan of ebonizing or staining.

Great work on all.

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Tom count my vote for the cherry, but the oak is a good look also. If you didn't point out the backwards bands it would have sliped by me :o

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Cherry bands, Tom. They just seem to glisten--beautiful.

And, you could have fooled me about the backwards band....we are our worse critics, aren't we????!!!

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great job. Any suggestions to those of us who decide to try this for ourselves?


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beautiful job-- you seem to be having real fun with those-- and your joy is paying dividends with the beauty of the work

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Chuck Knarr wrote:
Curious minds would like to know, does it make a difference which way the band wraps around the tray or the box? Why?


If you believe John Wilson, http://www.shakerovalbox.com/ "Historically most boxes were pointing right, but significant numbers were lefties."


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Hey, Tom!

Another vote for the cherry bands. But the other ones look really good, too!

I love shaker boxes and really want to make some.

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And I'd go with the ebonized oak bands. Just a matter of personaly preference.

They both look very nice.


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Add another vote for the ebonized trays.

Both sets though are excellent!

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