Shaker Oval Nesting Trays

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For variety, make all four sizes

Simplicity is the keynote of this Shaker-inspired project. The tray’s base serves as the bending jig, and a cool water bath for the surrounding band eliminates the heat and danger of steam bending. You don’t need even a drop of glue because you’ll pin the band to the base with toothpicks.

The trays look great nested inside each other for compact storage, but the Shakers never built anything that was strictly decorative. These trays are tough enough that you’ll enjoy using them everyday for years on end. Now let’s build one.

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