This handsome project serves up lessons in traditional joinery but it’s the eye-catching panel that makes up the main course.

At first glance the tray looks like it has a glass panel resting on a wood lattice. A closer examination reveals that the lattice is inside the panel. Of course there’s a trick involved. The latticework is built up from narrow strips. The assembled gridwork is then encased in epoxy. As you’ll see the process is pretty straightforward and the results are dramatic. Concealed rare-earth magnets hold the folded handles in place against the frame. The upper frame that holds the lattice panel is the simplest part of the project. Here you’ll get a chance to hone your mortise and tenon skills. It seems like there’s a lot going on however the small scale of the project means you can tackle the construction in one weekend. By the next weekend you’ll be using it to serve up a special treat.

What you get:

  • 11 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
  • Over 50 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Cutting diagram and materials list

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