Wooden Tray

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Both me and my wife are a bit tired of a tray that is at the entrance to our living room from garage. This tray is used conveniently by us to place the keys, wallets, and cellphones after getting back home. The tray is made of cloth wrapping up a rigid cubic frame (by plastic or metal, I guess).

I decided to make a wooden tray to replace it. A challenge of making a tray is really the compound angles jointing the four sides of a tray: usually, a tray has four sides that are all splayed at an angle (10 degree or less). This splay angle results in the fact that none of the sides of a tray is a standard rectangle and there will be a miter angle on the jointing edge; on top of it, instead of a 45 deg standard bevel, there is a different bevel angle determined by the splay angle. For example,  for a 10 deg splay angle, the bevel angle will be about 44.1deg and the miter angle will be 9.9 deg. All these are called compound angles. To calculate the compound angles, people usually use trigonometric formulas. Fortunately, there are websites doing the calculation and helping lazy people like me. This is a website that I use a lot.

Below are the pictures of the wooden tray that I made. It is made of maple and walnut for the splines. The finish is boiled linseed oil to pop the grain, dewaxed Shellac (1# cut) as a sealcoat, and a water-based top coat.