Frame and Panel Tray

Ideas and SketchUps

Materials and Milling



Ideas and SketchUps

Terry wanted to make a tray out of a couple of pieces of birdseye maple

We decided to aim for a frame and panel tray.
 The two panel sections of maple will sit in a frame and center divider assembly out of Honduran mahogany.
The SketchUp colors are not totally realistic...but are representative of the real wood.
Each maple panel is 1/4 inch thick, 5 inches wide and 15 inches long.
The frame will be ~15.5 inches long and ~11 inches wide.

The two smaller frame pieces will rest on the panel but will not extend to underside.

The frame sides will have a 1/4 inch x 1/4 inch dado put in, 3/16 from the bottom edge.
The corner joints of the frame will be mitered.

The center frame piece will be thicker (.75 rather than .5 inches).

This is  to accommodate a 3/16 inch deep dado on both sides...this frame piece  will be called the iBar frame member.
The  iBar will connect with the end frame in a butt joint...will probably use a small domino mortise and floating tenon.
Used the  Infinity 1/4 inch flat top blade on the P66 and created 1/4 x 1/4 da

Materials and Milling

The maple panels were pre-milled to .25 inch thick...width is a skosh over 5 inches...panels were chopped to 15 inches.
These panels are highly figured birdseye maple.
The Honduran mahogany is recycled wall paneling.
The lower piece here is a cutoff of the sculpted edge of the paneling.
The upper piece has been planed and sawn to thickness. 

Used an Infinity 1/4 inch kerf blade with flat tips to create the grooves...1/4 x 1/4 on the side frames...1/4 x 3/16 on both sides of the iBar center frame.


Dry fit assembly and milling...using a cutoff in the center to make alignment at the corners easier.
Dry fit of all milled pieces...except the center dividers which will be put in after assembly.
All sides were planed as needed...LV small smoother...

Sanding, Finish


Glue up

Final finish


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