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My wife bought an Ottoman to put in front of our couch. They are nice to put you feet on when reading a book but they are lousy at putting a beverage on so I made a tray that sits on top. A Quarter Sawn Oak panel framed in Bak Walnut, Boiled Linseed Oil and Paste Wax finish.

One thing I do for panels that most people don't do is to put a small dowel (1/8") in the centre of the groove on the end of the frame pieces and notch the centre of the panel. That ensures the panel is centred when I glue it up. Most people would, if anything, use SpaceBalls or bits of O-ring etc. Any seasonal movement of the panel will always be even. It isn't so important in a flat panel like this but if it is a raised panel the reveal may not be even if provision for centring wasn't taken into account. One of the pictures shows a mockup in scrap. The dowel in the finish piece being glued and trimmed flush.

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Andy Kev.

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What a clever idea, well executed!

Did you do the upholstering yourself?

If so, how difficult is it?
 

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Andy the Ottoman is a purchased item so I didn't upholster it. The tray just sits on top (gravity holds it) and it can be removed.

John I hadn't thought of that but the little bit of dowel showing isn't much.

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Inspector":1f620g8f said:
Andy the Ottoman is a purchased item so I didn't upholster it. The tray just sits on top (gravity holds it) and it can be removed.

John I hadn't thought of that but the little bit of dowel showing isn't much.

Pete
To be honest, I'd probably catch the side of the groove with the drill bit...
 
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