Serving Tray

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Project by cdhilburn posted 09-30-2011 04:14 AM 4430 views 19 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Serving tray from plans from one of the magazines. A neat little project. The base of the tray is 6.5” x 16”. I made this and the wife and I decided it would make a good gift. Now I have to make 5 more for Christmas gifts!!! It is maple and walnut. I had a really tough time clamping the sides while gluing but I learned a lot!!!!

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 04:42 AM

Wow this is a really neat project did you bend the walnut or is it cut out like that?

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 04:52 AM

Beautiful tray! I love the angled sides with the curved ends. Do you remember which magazine the plans came from?

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 06:14 AM

That looks great! I have been planning to make that tray as well. The plans are from last month’s woodsmithshop.

-- Tony

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 12:43 PM


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#5 posted 09-30-2011 01:39 PM

Very good looking tray! If I was gluing those difficult joints I would glue angled blocks to the sides and bottom over bits of newspaper, let dry overnight, clamp and then knock them off and scrape the paper away. It’ll give you perfect joints with ease.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 01:58 PM

Man, serving trays must be in style now. This one certainly is….........

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 09-30-2011 05:39 PM

That’s a nice! tray I like the mix of dark and light.

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#8 posted 10-04-2011 04:48 PM

Great looking tray!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 08:28 PM

This tray looks great! love the contrast wood handles. Plans only show you the door but it takes talent and creativity to walk through the door, and buddy you have done that well. Great job!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#10 posted 07-16-2013 08:33 PM

That looks pretty snazzy. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 07-20-2013 05:21 AM

Thanks Drew. Thanks Charles. Unfortunately there was a finish mishap and I ended up cutting this apart and rebuilding it. I will post another pic showing the end result. It is a little shorter and is now a coffee table candle holder. Sounds odd but looks really good. This was the first time I learned that pre-finishing is a really good idea on some projects!!!!

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