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I got the plans for this from an old Woodsmith Magazine.
The jointery is called "Mortise and spline" and normally adds strength to the joint but using the other wood gives it a nice touch
I also screwed up the first frame I made because I did not ensure my table saw blade was parallel to the miter slots. Its a rookie mistake and it wont happen again. so you will see pictures of me planing the lumber. I started with Cherry and Maple.
So the finished product is Maple and Walnut finished with sprayed water based Polycrylic from Minwax.

Hope you enjoy looking.
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Step 1: Plane and mill the lumber to 1/2" thick

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I will not go into dimensions on this, if anybody would like the plans they need to find a "Woodsmith #182"
The tray inside dimension is approximately 13"X10" I used approximately 7 .5 BF total.

Step 2: Rip and crosscut the boards to the proper lengths and bevels

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you need to rip your boards to proper width. The frame is about 2.5"wide and the trays being about 3" wide.
after you have the boards milled and ripped to proper dimension, you should then cut the frames pieces to proper lengths

I dont have pics of cutting the frame pieces to length but its pretty straight foreward you need to horizontal lower pieces (for the bottom of the frame) and 2 horizontal pieces for the top connecting rails. you need to make a mortise jig for your table saw to make the spline grooves (one for the top joints and one for the cross joints).

Step 3: Glue up the frame

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This next step is straight foreward as well. I didnt use a mechanical clamp on this. I used painters tape. It works perfectly (if your angles are correct)
Yellow glue is almost the only type of glue I use on woodworking projects. it cleans well and sets pretty fast.

I cut the splines to fit. you do not want to have to force the spline in but you do not want it to wiggle at all either so a little trial and error is on tap. just till you get it right.
dbowe5 months ago

Quality designs in this magazine. If you like this project, you might consider subscribing.

SlickSqueegie (author)  dbowe5 months ago

should probably remove this post as it may infringe on copyright law....

And yes, back in the day their magazine was an excellent buy for woodworkers but as of the past few years, it absolutely sucks.... It's deffinately not the same magazine it used to be...

when the magazine complains, instructables can manage the images. It's not the full article, it's cited, and I suggest that any woodworking project MUST have dimensions to be complete.
That's beautiful! At my house there would be a cat in the upper basket =^..^=
SlickSqueegie (author)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
SlickSqueegie (author) 3 years ago
thank you
SlickSqueegie (author) 3 years ago
Thanks, and Ill keep that in mind.
Its great, dont take any criticism! Take your talent and embrace it as im sure you are.
SlickSqueegie (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC3 years ago
Thanks. ;)
Gorgeous! You should definitely enter this in both the 'Holiday Gifts' and 'Shopbot' contests. One comment on the picture...the lamp and candle draw some attention away from the piece. It's a good picture, but it doesn't show off your work as much as it deserves : )
SlickSqueegie (author)  annahowardshaw3 years ago
Woodworker I am, Photographer I am not, Sorry, Its where the wife put it.
but thank you for the kind words. I do appreciate it.
shazni3 years ago
This is great! i was thinking of making something like this...only smaller for a tool box!
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni3 years ago
Thanks, Yeah I like the design.
mckeephoto3 years ago
Beautiful project. I have added it to my ever growing list of must-try workshop projects. Boy, that list doesn't ever get smaller!
SlickSqueegie (author)  mckeephoto3 years ago
Thanks for the kind words. My list is ever growing too...
snideprime3 years ago
Nice lamp, too. Did you make it?
SlickSqueegie (author)  snideprime3 years ago
nope, the lamp is off the store shelf.
Creativeman3 years ago
Beautiful work!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
thank you very much!
Make sure you enter this in the weekly box challenge...if you haven't done so already. I didn't see it there. Good luck.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Thank you, Its submitted now. :)
Very fancy schmancy! I like this a lot. :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago