Tea Trays Tea trays

A simple tray which illustrates the technique of preforming is illustrated in 525 to 528. This was originally designed some years ago, but is still in demand owing to its exceptional lightness (1 lb 2 oz [510 g]) combined with the overall rigidity, absence of whip under load and great strength

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525 Preformed tray details

525 Preformed tray details

526 Pressing plywood base in simple formers/forms

which the curved bottom imparts to it. It is made up from a sheet of 1/16 in (1.5 mm) birch plywood veneered both sides and cold pressed with resin glue between two formers/forms, either in a press or between G-cramps/C-clamps. Grooves are worked in the 7/8 in (22 mm) by 5/16 (8 mm) sides cut from the solid, and in the moulded end-grips into which the shaped bottom is glued. The glue joint between the sides and end-grips is further reinforced

527 Five veneers pressed together to form ply base

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with brass screws in neat brass sockets sanded off flush. A convenient size is 20 in (508 mm) long by 121/2 (318 mm) wide overall.

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