Tea Trolleyswagons

Tea trolleys usually vary from about 28 in (71 cm) to 30 in (76 cm) high, 22 in (56 cm) to 27 in (68 cm) long and 14 in (36 cm) to 18 in (46 cm) wide, with wood sections as light as possible consonant with overall rigidity. If the corner posts are square section (531:1) then the rails can be tenoned in as 531:3, with the 1/4 in (6 mm) veneered plywood trays grooved into

530 Tea trolley/wagon in Australian walnut. Author's workshops

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531 Tea trolleys/wagons

531 Tea trolleys/wagons the rails and posts. Thinner posts (531:4) may require the end rails tenoned through and wedged, and the long rails dowelled in. The trolley ends should be glued up first, the grooves extended into the posts, the tray bottoms cut and a trial assembly made to see that everything fits. In the final assembly a little glue run into the grooves will increase the overall rigidity of the completed framework. Trolleys can have a top and bottom shelf, or an intermediate shelf, and one end rail can be flush with the top shelf for easier cleaning.

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