After sanding I took the panels into the finishing room and shot the edges with lacquer. There are two reasons for doing this. One concerns the fact that the solid wood ribbon panel will expand and contract with changes in the humidity. It's been raining yesterday and today, so it will be expanded. Finishing the long grain edges insures that after assembly if the panel contracts (and it will) an unfinished stripe of wood will not emerge from the groove in the tray rail. That would be unsightly. The other reason for finishing the corners is to help prevent glue from bonding the corners of the ribbon panel to the corners of the rails.
While the lacquer dries I sand and begin assembly of the stand. I'll continue working on this any time I've got down time in building the trays.
To cut the tray rails I install a jig that serves as a backer to prevent tearing out the back side of the rail stock as I cut the miter joints and it is calibrated with the exact length each rail needs to be for a perfect fit. As long as I got the tray panels the right size there should be no tedious paring away at over length rails to sneak up on a proper fit,
In the mean time I finish assembling the stand.
And that's going to do it for the day and the week. next week I'll do the final assembly by jointing the trays to the bases, plug the screw holes and do the finish sanding. Then all that's left to do is to apply the finish and they'll be ready to box up so they can ship out as soon as they're purchased.