Over the Holiday I got a "bowl and tray kit" from Peachtree as a gift. Bowl & Tray Kit / Templates
plus the two piece football kit.
As fate would have it, wifey asked that I make a last minute gift for a good friend of hers. So I figured I'd give this tray thing a go. Her friend happens to be a HUGE Washington Redskins fan. So I thought I'd do the football tray in Padauk and Tiger maple. (Red and white, Redskins colors) then have Redskins logo done up by someone with a CNC to cover the dip holes. Well, the CNC thing fell thru and I went ahead with just the tray.
A quick couple thoughts on the kit. For what it was, not to shabby. Just 1/2" MDF cut-outs comprise the templates. Very well cut, seemingly sturdy enough for their intended purposes. With the kit you get I think, 10 different styles of trays. Mostly variations on a theme kinda thing. The kit also comes with a bowl bit w/bearing and a router bit extension (1/2" shank). Both bit and extension seemed so/so out of the box, but in the end, both performed surprisingly well. I ran the bit somewhere around 17K rpm and there was NO vibration with the extension and the bit done a good job. Price tag at 100 bucks is a little on the high side for whatcha get, but I guess the sell is that you don't have to bother making your own templates. Which btw, wouldn't be hard to do at all. By itself the bit sells for 35 bucks and the collet extender 1/2" to 1/2" goes for about 22.
The football kit comes with two pieces for 22 bucks. The blank you'd start out with is 12" x 19". Depth of trays is recommended to be somewhere around 2-2 1/4"s.
Getting started, I milled up 3 pieces of Paduak at 1 1/2" and 2 pieces of tiger maple at 3/4". Did the glue up to the desired size 12 x 19. Never gave a thought to take any pictures during the process so maybe we'll do a How-to some other time..
One thing they don't tell ya and you should know is that Man, do you waste alot of wood with these things. Easily 1/2 of what you start out with ends up on the floor or is cut off. So keep that in mind when choosing your wood(s).
The only problem I ran into was that after having hulked out the majority of the wood I got to sanding. I decided to put a top shelf sanding job on this thing. No biggie just time. When the time came for putting on the food safe finish the trouble began. I wiped down the piece, then blew it off thoroughly. Or so I thought. As I began to wipe of the oil, the Paduak began be wipe into (for lack of a better way of putting it) the maple. Giving me red splotches in some spots of soft tiger stripes. Having spoke with Stick about this, I now believe that the problem could have been prevented had I "wiped" the piece down with acetone prior to applying the finish. Simply put, I just didn't clean it down well enough. Ahhhh well, lesson learned
Interestingly enough, I've done several chess boards with the same combination of wood without issue....
So, anyhooooooooooo. Great weekend project for the new guys/gals or just for something a little different. Lots of options with wood choices. Router work is relatively easy, just take your time and drop the router 1/8-3/16ths a clip. Use a food safe finish. Nice item for craft shows etc..