I made several marquetry trays over the past year or
so and now need to have a box to store them in. This
page documents the project of building the box.
7/1/2013 When I made the party stands (pictures
below) I knew that I wanted to build a case for
storing them. I didn't know exactly what I'd do but
I had some ideas. Now that I finished the stands,
it's time to start on the storage box.
My original idea was to build a box
that would also function as an end table on the side
of a sofa. The box would have a door, and inside
would be "slots" which the folded-up stands would
Here's a picture showing the tray folded up. The
view is from underneath the tray.
So when I finished the stands, I started talking
with my wife, Judy, about the box. She was not too
excited about my idea. Her first objection was that
it would be hard to take the stands out of the box
because there would likely be a chair close to the
opening of the box. Plus, since the trays would
slide in lengthwise, a fair amount of room would be
needed to slide them out.
idea was needed. Her first suggestion was a cabinet
where the trays would slide in sideways, so that
less room would be needed to put them in and take
them out. No problem, I can do that. Then she
started thinking about where she would put it, and
there just wasn't a good place for it. She discussed
the problem with a friend and they came up with the
idea of making it a "TV box". That is, a box where
the trays would be stored, with room for the TV
electronics. The TV would either sit on top of the
box, or if the TV was mounted on the wall, it would
sit below the TV.
Since the party
stands can also be seen as TV trays, this made a lot
of sense, so that's where I'm headed.
The box will have storage room for four or five
stands. Above that will be a backless drawer with a
drop front which will house the electronics (a
limited amount of electronics). The reason for the
drop front is that you need to have access to the
electronics for the remote control to work. There
will be two doors that cover the bottom of the box
(where the trays are stored), and those doors will
be flush with the drawer front. I'll do a single
marquetry design that will cover the drawer and the
Size: The trays are about
15" wide, and when folded up, about 27 1/2" long.
Judy said not to make the case too narrow - to
"just" fit the length of the trays. She wanted it to
be easy to slide them in and out. So I made the
inside width of the case 30". While the trays are
15" wide, I went 18" deep for the box. I thought
narrower would look odd.
was determined in a strange way. I wanted it high
enough to look good but not so high that a TV
sitting on it would be way up in the air. When I
went to buy the mahogany at the lumber store, they
had some very nice boards but they were over 12'
long (I bought two boards). Unfortunately, I can't
carry 12' boards in my vehicle so I had to make a
decision about where to cut the boards. I had them
cut the boards at 8'. This left me two pieces that
were about 52" long. I glued the two pieces together
and then cut them in half. This left me with two
sides about 25 1/2" long, after squaring everything
up. I'll put on a separate top, and a base of about
4" so the final height will be about 30".
I also bought some maple for secondary wood.