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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-29-2016, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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My neighbor just brought me a little side job.

She wants a new catch tray made for her cider press.

I'm not sure what I should use for wood, I'm thinking maybe white oak. Its got to withstand the moisture and cleaning.

I'm making the tray part, not the slats, she wants taller sides on it.

Thinking I'll use stainless hardware also

Anyone have any suggestions on wood types to use other than white oak?
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Your best domestic wood choice for this project will still be white oak....
Baldcypress would be a good second choice..
apple., maple and birch are good......
no finish is your best option...
hot beeswax rub down after cleaning when it is ready to be put away....
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Epoxy a couple sheets of stainless steel sheet to the existing wood sides. eBay has a few vendors that can supply custom sizes.

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White oak is a good choice because it is not porous (open grained). Red oak is open grained and wouldn't be a good one.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Red Oak is so porous that our club used it to make bubble pipes for kids. My personal preference for wet environments is cypress.
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Your best domestic wood choice for this project will still be white oak....
Baldcypress would be a good second choice..
apple., maple and birch are good......
no finish is your best option...
hot beeswax rub down after cleaning when it is ready to be put away....
Good info, stick... especially the beeswax. Didn't know about that. Thanks! <3

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I will vote for white oak. It's stronger than cypress I think. I have never worked with cypress.

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I ended up using white oak.

It was a fairly easy job, cutting the box joints at 30 degrees gave me a little challenge but I got it done.
first I was going to cut the box joints on my jig then cut to the 30 degree angle with a dovetail saw, then chisel the rest out....

Sounded good until I realized I didn't have a 3/8" or smaller chisel. ended up making a fixture to hold the sides at the 30 degree and cutting the box joints on the table saw.
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excellent..

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great idea for cutting off the excess that was the first thing I was wondering when I seen the pic

I don’t always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate
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