Fall in love with maple wood

April 2014
DIY

Syrup season is done, but less maple taffy or pancakes in our lives is no reason to neglect the mighty maple tree. You don't need a sweet tooth to appreciate the beauty and durability of maple wood, which brings elegance to any décor. For an introduction to this rustic raw material, we turned to Ariane Ouellet-Pelletier and Ariane Martel-Labrecque, founders of boutique Objets Mécaniques.

 

In this article, discover how to make your very own maple wood breakfast tray.

Breakfast Tray

What you need

  • Maple wood planks and strips
  • Pencil
  • Brass rod
  • Wood saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • Vises
  • Measuring tape
  • Squares
  • Wood glue
    1. Step 1


      Once you determine the tray's dimensions, cut the wood planks into sections to form its support frame. For this tray, we used the following maple wood section sizes: 3'' x ½'' (sides), ½'' x ½'' (support frame) and ¼'' x 3'' (strips for the bottom of the tray).

    2. Step 2


      Use the vises and squares to glue the tray's support frame together. Pressing the squares against the joints, make sure every corner is square. To make sure the tray is very solid, you must hold the strips you need to glue with your vises for at least 20 minutes.

    3. Step 3


      Measure the support frame's smallest dimension. Cut the strips of wood according to this measurement to form the bottom of the tray. Using the vises, glue each of these strips to the support frame at regularly spaced intervals.

    4. Step 4


      Measure the support frame's largest dimension and cut the strips according to this measurement to form the sides.

    5. Step 5


      Using a drill and drill bit — whose size is equal to or slightly greater than the circumference of the brass rod — drill holes for the handle into the sides you cut in the previous step. These holes should have a depth equivalent to half the thickness of the plank you'll be drilling.

    6. Step 6


      Using a hacksaw, cut the brass rod into two sections (slightly larger than the support frame's smallest dimension to fit into the holes you drilled in the previous step).

    7. Step 7


      To assemble the tray, glue the bottom to the sides (with the brass rods inserted into the holes, wedge them between the two sides).

    8. Step 8


      Lightly sand the sides of the tray with a piece of sandpaper (220-500 grain).

    Tips
    • To protect the wood of the tray, you should treat it with mineral oil.
    • Other than the maple wood, you can find the tools and material you need for this "how to" at your local hardware store.
    • You can get the maple planks at any specialty store.

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