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Ep12 - Breakfast or Lap Tray

Save spilling the beans, or the Corn Flakes!  A simple yet beautiful custom made breakfast lap tray that will be just as at home on the doona, as it will be on the sofa!  Pop on you notebook or dinner!

  • SawStop SST-JSS15-PRO
  • Kreg KR-KMS7102
  • Carbatec TH-BX330P
  • Carbatec BS-B200H
  • Carbatec WB-6030
  • Kreg KR-KPHJ720

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    The Process

    The timber selected for the top was slightly over size, so we needed to trim id down and clean up the edges
    1. Using the one square edge against the rip fence of the SawStop Jobsite Saw, rip the width of the board down to your required size
    2. Remove the rip fence, and using the Kreg Mitre Guage, crosscut both end of the timber top so they are square to the sides, finishing at your desired length.
    3. Using the Carbatec thicknesser, mill the structural pine, so that the rounded edges are removed, and the size of the timber has been reduced to approx. 60x25mm
    4. Using the SawStop Jobsite saw, cut the components for both end frames.  Remember to cut four matching top and bottom frame components to the same length, approx. 50mm longer than the short side of your top board.
    5. Cut the four upright frame components to the same length, which should be the overall desired finish height, LESS the width of the top plus bottom frame.
    6. Using the Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig 720, drill the holes in the top and bottom of the shorter upright frame components only.  These holes should be on the inside of your finished frame, and close to the inside edges (especially on the top, which will be cut at an angle)
    7. Assemble the two end frames making sure the joints are tight.  It is good practice to clamp one half of the joint to a flat surface, ensuring the finished joint is flush on the outside/finished face, and the joint is tight.
    8. One the two frames are built, mark the centre point on their top edge, and work out the centre position for your top panel.
    9. Mark the finish edge location of the top panel at the font & back, on to your side frames.
    10. Using a straight edge, mark a line from the inset marking on the top, along the side to the outer bottom corner.  This should be repeated for both frames, on the front and the back.
    11. Using the Carbatec BS-B200H Bandsaw, carefully follow along (or slightly outside) the line, on all four cuts, to produce 2 matching tapered ‘A’ frames.  Clean up along your cut as required, with a hand plane and/or sandpaper.
    12. Lightly sand all edges and faces of the ‘A’ frames, dust well, and spray with your desired coloured finish (Dale chose black as it contrasts well with the top)
    13. While the paint is drying, prepare the top panel by selecting the top face, and drilling 6-7 pocket-holes along the BOTTOM face (on the two short ends only).
    14. Once dry, assemble the project by clamping one end support top down to your work bench, and then attach the top panel with Pocket-hole screws. Repeat for the other side.
    15. Apply two generous coats of Wittle Hardwax oil to both top and bottom of your bare wood top panel.  Allow to dry and enjoy.

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